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You scream, I scream, we all scream for pasta!
Federico Fellini, one of Italy’s greatest film directors, once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” This is a sentiment that describes everyday Italian life. Without pasta, life is unimaginable. Pasta is what allows the magical pleasures of life to unfold. It’s what makes Italians, Italian and it’s what makes Eataly the perfect eatery for you pasta lovers!
The pasta background
Italians are very passionate, and when it comes to food, they are passionate about what they are eating!
Despite being the nation’s favorite food, Italians haven’t always dined on huge bowls of spaghetti. As far as we know, the first reference to modern pasta is in the 13th century. So what did Italians eat before this?
Italians ate fried dough, while people across the Mediterranean world ate boiled dough dishes. However, by the 15th century, boiled dough had become an Italian staple, as it kept armies and sailors fed and full during long voyages. But it wasn’t until the 18th century that pasta was paired with tomato sauce and became a turning point in history – food history!
During this time, pasta chefs experimented with more elaborate dishes and discovered how versatile and satisfying pasta could be. From this point onward, Italians became obsessed with pasta, and the world was introduced to the divine dish that would change their lives forever.
More pasta please!
Pasta comes in many shapes and sizes, each with its own texture and taste. Eataly recognizes this and shares in the international pasta obsession with its diverse stocked products in their market.
If you visit Eataly, you are guaranteed to see pasta from wonderful artisan producers like Afeltra, a historical company that uses traditional techniques to create modern culinary masterpieces. You will also find many different kinds of pasta, including:
- Fusilli (“corkscrew” shape)
- Maccheroni (tiny curved cylinders)
- Penne (straight cylinders resembling the quills of ink pens),
- Orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta from Apulia)
- Spaghetti, fettuccine, and linguine (long strands)
- Ravioli (filled pasta parcels, often featuring beef or spinach and cheese)
But apart from these well-known and loved pasta types, you will also find some unusual types like mafalda, which looks a little like octopus tentacles.
All of these pasta are made in slightly different ways, but one thing Eataly knows is that handmade artisan pasta is the best to cook with!
When you try any product from Eataly your taste for the mass-produced brands, that you’re more familiar with and can find easily in any grocery store, will be transformed! You will begin to acquire a more sophisticated taste for delicious handmade artisan pasta.
You’ll discover a new dimension to your spaghetti carbonara, and your lasagna will hold together beautifully. You'll also find out what real ravioli tastes like, while the rich tastes and aromas in your penne al’arabbiata will finally find their perfect companion.
If you taste the pasta from Eataly, your world is guaranteed never to be the same again – and the same can be said for your Italian recipes!
Be sure to check out Eataly today and embark on your own culinary journey to experience all that pasta has to offer you!
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