October is National Pasta Month, and October 17 recognizes National Pasta Day.
Pasta is a type of noodle in traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily and first attested in English in 1874.During the Renaissance, pasta was thought of as a dish for wealthy people. But by the late 17th century, in Naples, it was becoming more of a staple in everyone’s diet. Typically, it is made from unleavened dough of durum wheat flour that is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.
Fresh pasta was originally produced by hand but, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are commercially produced by large-scale machines and the products are widely available in supermarkets. The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country. 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world. Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year.
Here are some of the pasta-bilities to help you celebrate:
Carrabba’s Italian Grill:
On National Pasta Day, Wednesday, October 17, when guests dining at Carrabba’s can enjoy Spaghetti Pomodoro, Linguini Positano, and Fettucine Alfredo for only $10.
During the entire month of October, Carrabba’s is supporting cancer research with their new dish named Pasta Georgio.One dollar of every Pasta Georgio sold through December 31 will go to cancer research in honor of Carrabba’s Vice President of Operations who passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
Pasta Geogia has “penne pasta with sautéed bell peppers and Romano, tossed in roasted red pepper sauce, then topped and baked with meatballs and mozzarella.”
MCL Restaurant & Bakery Celebrates National Pasta Day with an All You Care To Eat Spaghetti Day for only $5.09. Choose Ragu Meat or Marinara Sauce. And enjoy plate after plate of delicious spaghetti topped with your favorite sauce. Wednesday, October 17th All You Care To Eat Spaghetti Only $5.09.
Olive Garden is celebrating National Pasta Month in October, customers can enjoy a Never Ending Pasta Bowl. The promotion includes unlimited servings of pasta, sauce and toppings, as well as, soup or salad and breadsticks for $10.99
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