- Voted the world’s favorite food in an Oxfam poll, pasta goes well with almost anything and appeals to almost everyone.
- Pasta crosses culture, age and dietary boundaries like almost no other single food.
- As Massimo Bottura, chef of Osteria Francescana, named #1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, says, “…pasta is not only comfort food but surprise! Flavor, innovation, emotion.”
- According to the scientific experts at the 5th World Pasta Congress, “Pasta meals are enjoyed in cultural traditions worldwide.” Indeed, food and nutrition experts from all across the globe take pride in their countries’ delicious and nutritious pasta meals.
- For instance, Dr. Mauro Fisberg of the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil says, “When we eat pasta in Brazil our sauces and combinations are slightly different than those of the traditional Mediterranean Diet and pasta is a main meal. Our recipes are compared to the best in the world.”
- “Pasta is the thing that is going to unite the world,” explained food historian Francine Segan during a presentation at the 2015 World Pasta Day celebration in Milan, Italy. “Every country has its own interesting take,” she said as she introduced people to the creative ways that pasta is prepared across the globe. From sopa seca di fideo (spaghetti topped with avocado, queso, cilantro, and meat) in Mexico to mee goreng (pasta tossed with chicken, chiles, and spices) in Indonesia, there is hardly a nation that has not left their unique culinary fingerprint on pasta meals.
- A perfect blend of tradition and modern simplicity and pleasure, pasta is as fitting on the family table as it is in the kitchens of the world’s most famous chefs.
And true to the best traditions, it is a food that brings friends and family together to celebrate both the ordinary and the extraordinary moments in life.
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