Fun Facts About Spaghetti
- The Chinese have been eating pasta since 5,000 B.C.
- October is National Pasta Month!
- Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing pasta to America after he fell in love with a dish he had in Naples.
- The first pasta factory in America opened in 1848 in Brooklyn, NY. The machinery was operated by one horse in the basement and the pasta was sun dried on the roof.
- Al dente means "to the tooth," which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
- Pasta comes in many different colors like green pasta made from spinach, red pasta made with tomatoes, gray pasta that is made using squid ink, and there is even pasta called "cellophane" because it becomes transparent when cooked.
- In 2013, Barilla World Pasta Day survey found that spaghetti was Americans favorite pasta dish followed by penne and rotini.
- Pasta's carbohydrates increase the body's production of serotonin, which scientists believe is the neurotransmitter that triggers feelings of happiness and well-being. So, eating pasta actually makes you happier!
- On April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a faux documentary that claimed spaghetti grew on trees. Over a million gullible British believed the claim after witnessed a woman harvesting noodles from a spaghetti tree in Switzerland.
- The largest bowl of pasta weighed 13,786 pounds with 120 gallons of sauce and was created by an Italian restaurant in Garden Grove, CA. Buca De Pepo filled a swimming pool full of spaghetti that measured 15 feet in diameters and 3.5 feet high.
- Emma Martina Luigia Morano is the oldest living person and she is 116. She claims that her old age is a result of her diet which consists of three eggs per day (two raw and one cook), fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.
- The world's largest producer of spaghetti is Italy who produces 3.2 million tons a year followed by the United States who produces 2 million tons a year than Brazil who produces one million tons a year.
The Best Pasta at the Lake of the Ozarks
If you are looking for the best place to celebrate National Spaghetti Day, then you need to visit Li'l Rizzo's. From traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs to delicious Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan, the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has it all! We look forward to having you over for dinner soon!