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Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Spaghetti

  • Pasta was used as food for more than 5000 years, but first confirmed mention of spaghetti comes from 11th century AD. During Roman times in 1s century AD, Italian cooks prepared meals with similar look, but those pasta products were not spaghetti.
  • Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.”
  • January 4th is National Spaghetti Day.
  • There are 158 calories in 100grams of spaghetti.
  • One of the most important times in the history of the spaghetti was World War II. It was then that American soldiers came in close contact with European cuisine, bringing home tales about spaghetti and demanding its presence on the American market.
  • Biggest importers of pasta today are United States, Germany, UK and France.
  • Italians never use a spoon and a fork when eating spaghetti.
  • While spaghetti Bolognese may be one of the first things you think of when it comes to Italian food, in Italy, you’ll never see it served that way. Italy’s culinary culture has well-established rules with regards to pasta and sauce, and pairings are not made arbitrarily. According to Italian publication The Local, tomato and meat sauce is known as ragù and is served only with tagliatelle, tortellini or gnocchi — never spaghetti.
  • The largest ever bowl of spaghetti was created in 2010 when Californian restaurant Buca di Beppo managed to fill one swimming pool with around 6.250 kg of pasta.
  • Average Italian eats more than 25 kg of pasta every year.
  • First American factory for spaghetti production was established in in Brooklyn in 1848.

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