Marco Polo did not introduce pasta to Italy from China. Italians adopted pasta from the Greeks, first mentioned between 1000-800 BCE and called laganon – the inspiration for what would later become lasagne.
The first traces of carbonara pasta dates back to the 1940s. The name “carbonara” means coal burner in which it is assumed that the recipe originated from those working in mines or outdoors for long periods.
Italy once tried to ban pasta because they believed that it weighed Italians down and prevented them from achieving any kind of greatness.
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto. He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy.
The average pasta serving size is 480% larger than what’s recommended.