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!