1. Pasta dough used to be kneaded with your feet. This was actually the case in Naples in the 18th and 19th centuries, since pasta dough was very tight, and in order to get an elastic consistency and had to walk on the dough, not even walk, but do a fiery dance.
2. Pasta al dente means "on the tooth" in Italian. This means that when you bite into a paste, your tooth should feel resistance. It is this paste that will make you full. This is due to the fact that this paste takes longer to digest.
3. 350 kinds of pasta! This is not a joke, that's how many types of pasta officially exist, and the variety of names and even more, about 4 times.
4. The average Italian eats about 27 kilograms of pasta a year!
5. The standard pasta portion is 100 grams.
6. Noodles grow on trees! That's what the first April issue of the BBC was about. Not everyone realized it was a joke and tried to find where to buy their pasta tree.
7. October 25 is World Pasta Day! While January 4 is World Spaghetti Day.
8. Italy produces between 1.7 million and 3.3 million tons of pasta a year!
9. The most popular pasta brand in Italy is Barilla. It's been made since 1877.
10. The three most popular pasta brands are spaghetti, vermicelli and penne. By the way, spaghetti accounts for about 2/3 of all pasta production.