What about spaghetti?

Marco Polo introduced spaghetti to Venice, Italy. He supposedly brought it from one of his voyages to the far east in the late 13th century… but is it so?

There is some evidence of an Etrusco-Roman noodle made from the same durum wheat as modern pasta called “lagane” (origin of the modern word for lasagna). However this food, first mentioned in the 1st century AD was not boiled like pasta, it was cooked in an oven. Therefore ancient lagane had some similarities, but cannot be considered pasta. The next culinary leap in the history of pasta would take place a few centuries later.

The spaghetti Marco Polo found was made from either rice flour or hard wheat flour, the historical references to the variety of durum wheat known in Sicily during the middle ages, had been introduced to the region by muslims, like lemons and oranges.

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