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MUST READ: Italian food fun facts

written by Mary Mahinda 1st April 2015

Italians respect food very much! Food in Italy is considered a pleasure and is to be enjoyed in good company. This is the main eating rule in the country. They have many other rules on what, when and how certain foods are to be enjoyed. You will run out of fingers counting the many rules and facts associated with these delicacies, but here is a few Italian food fun facts for you;

  • Each region in Italy has it’s favorite ways to eat pasta. In Rome, two classics are the carbonara (with eggs and pancetta, which is like bacon) and the cacio e pepe (with cheese and pepper).
  • Most Italians eat pasta at least once a day. But that doesn’t mean they eat the same thing every day! There so many ways to eat pasta, with a variety of different toppings and sauces, that they never get bored.
  • The penne hollow center allows pasta to hold sauce, while the angular ends act as scoops.
  • Italians do not put meatballs on spaghetti: the average Italian meal is divided in two parts, primo piatto and secondo piatto.
  • In the 13th century, the Pope set quality standards for pasta.dry pasta - MUST READ: Italian food fun facts
  • There are generally two main categories of pasta: corta (short) : ex. rigatoni, penne, farfalle, macaroni etc. or lunga (long): spaghetti, bucatini, linguini, etc.
  • February 13th is National “Eat Italian Food” Day
  • It was not until the 1700’s until tomatoes and tomato sauce was included with spaghetti in Italian kitchens.
  • There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide.
  • The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds per year.

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