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Fun Facts: Italian Food

  1. Spaghetti and meatballs is one of America's most popular Italian dishes. It was present in 19th century southern Italy, however it is practically extinct in Italy today.
  2. Alfredo sauce, used in Fettuccine Alfredo, was created by Roman restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio in 1914
  3. The world record for largest calzone weighed 69.3 lbs and was made by Mike Wilson and fellow employees of the Loveshack restaurant in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2003. The calzone measured over 9 feet long!
  4. There are more than 600 different types of pasta.
  5. Before eating a meal, Italians will say to each other 'Buon appetito!' which means 'Good appetite!'.
  6. The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15 pounds per year.
  7. It was not until the 1700’s until tomato sauce was included with spaghetti in Italian kitchens.