Who doesn't love a heaping plate of spaghetti? You might eat this delicious Italian dish everyday, but this is the day to really celebrate it. Take the time to truly appreciate spaghetti the way you already love to eat it, or change it up by making it in a brand new way. If you really want to challenge yourself, try making your own spaghetti at home!
History of Spaghetti
By popular belief it is said that Marco Polo brought spaghetti back from China and introduced it in Italy. However, spaghetti actually originates from the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Coming from the Arab meal called “Itriyya” that was often described by the Greeks as “dry pasta”. This durable and long lasting meal was one of the main sources of nutrition for Arab traders who traveled all across the then-known world outside of Europe. This meal appeared in Sicily, Italy after the Arabs conquered Sicily in 827. In the 19th century, spaghetti made its way over to the United States.
Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.”
French immigrant Mr. Zerega, opened the country’s very first pasta maker’s shop in Brooklyn in 1848.
The spoon and fork trick is an American thing.
The world record for largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2009 and reset in March 2010 when a restaurant in Garden Grove, Buca di Beppo, outside of Los Angeles successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
In the year 2000, over 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti were sold in American grocery stores. If all of those packages were lined up, they could circle the Earth nine times.
Ways to Celebrate Spaghetti Day
Host a spaghetti around the world night adding each country’s favorite spices and vegetables or nuts. You can also have a ‘spaghetti crawl’ and go to all the Italian restaurants in the city.