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Friday Fun Food Facts of Italy!

By April 12, 2013 , , , , , , , , ,

Did you know...

  • There are over 450 pasta shapes in Italy and practically as many types of sauce?!
  • Granita traces back to the Arab rule in Sicily during medieval times?
  • The penne hollow center allows it to hold sauce, while the angular ends act as scoops?
  •  The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year? The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds per year.
  • It was not until the 1700s that tomatoes were first introduced to Italy?
  • In Italy, there is a bill before Parliament to protect the "traditional Italian pizza," specifically identifying the acceptable ingredients and methods of processing of pizzas?

Bet you didn't know that!

(Image via Pixabay. Facts via Panoram Italia.)

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