Pasta is made out of simple ingredients, yet its variations make it a very complex product. Have you ever wondered how many pasta shapes there are in the world? It’s hard to know the exact number, probably impossible, but this infographic by Nonna Box tries to categorize +180 shapes.
In Italy, food is very much connected with traditions, with regional culture, and with the territory. In fact, each area of Italy has its own ingredients, sauces and ways of cooking. Pasta is one of the key ingredients of the Italian diet, it's not unusual then to find so many shapes and so many ways of enjoying this famous product.
Some historians believe that pasta has originated in China and that Marco Polo brought it to Italy. Others believe that when the Greeks founded the city of Naples, the natives in the area already had a dish made of flour made of barley and water that was dried in the sun. The Roman politician Cicero mentioned he had a passion for said pasta. But now let's dive into the pasta shapes!