Yes, pasta was born in Greece!
- The word "pasta" has its root in the ancient Greek verb "passo" («πάσσω») which means "to sprinkle."
- The nouns "pastae, pasti, pasta" all describe different types of gruel made with flour.
- The word "pasta" was passed on through the Magna Grecia region to the Romans beginning in 8th century BC.
- As the Magna Grecia region divided, and became what we now know to be Roman (and then Italian), the word “pasta” made its way into the Latin language, and became a staple of the regional cuisine.
- Of course, the Italians had better marketing, and so the Italian pasta movement became what it is today!