Raise your forks! It’s time to put on your stretchy pants and pay homage to everyone’s favorite carb: pasta!
No matter how you prefer to eat this comfort food dish (doused in Sunday sauce, chopped with a fork or slurped with the help of a pasta spoon, or in a big bowl of pho), we’ve got you covered on where in the world to celebrate World Pasta Day.
Where to celebrate World Pasta Day
Of course, Italy would top our list of the best places in the world to celebrate World Pasta Day!
While not all of Italy eats pasta by the handfuls the way we’d imagine them to (Northern Italy does eat pasta, though locals eat more legumes here than spaghetti!), it’s possibly the country most famous for its pasta dishes.
To really take advantage of Italian pasta, you’ll want to visit several different regions. Love orecchiette? Point your compass toward Puglia. Got a craving for cappelletti (those little pillows of pasta that look like pope hats)? Take the train to Emilia Romagna (where Bologna is located!).
Want a simple, rustic soup plate of spaghetti alla vongole, covered in parmesan? Head to Naples (while you’re there, don’t forget to try the pizza!).
The legend that Marco Polo brought pasta from China to Italy is probably not true, though that doesn’t mean that pasta didn’t come from Asia.
Food gastronomers don’t know exactly who boiled up the first al dente pot of pasta, but they do know that noodles have been served in Asia for thousands of years.
Celebrate World Pasta Day with hand-pulled noodles in Xian, dumplings all over Asia, and udon noodles all over China and Japan.
Eastern Europe is also known for its hearty pasta dishes, perfect for warming bellies on cold, winter nights.
If you think Italy is the only country that knows how to do ravioli right and that China has cornered the market on dumplings, you’d better book your flight to Eastern Europe. Russia, Georgia, and Poland are all known for their pasta, famously stuffed with meat, starch, and cheese.
Poland is the birthplace of the pierogi (though, you can find some outstanding ones in New York City’s East Village if you can’t make it to Warsaw this year). These little pillows are stuffed with potatoes, meat, veggies, and cheese.
In Georgia, you’ll find Khinkali — soup dumplings— filled with savory broth and meat.
And in Russia, you’ll find pelmeni, little ravioli-like dumplings, filled with meat.
New York City
The U.S. in general has adopted pasta as one of its own local dishes. You’ll find Little Italies in cities along the Eastern Seaboard.
But who can argue that New York City is the mecca for pasta lovers in the U.S.? (Okay, Boston does follow closely behind!)
While Manhattan’s Little Italy isn’t the gold standard for Italian cuisine these days, you will find some of the most highly-rated food throughout the five boroughs — especially Italian food in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
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