“A Celebration Of Pasta – Cacio e Pepe”

Voting is NOW OPEN in the Pasta Blogger Contest!

The following are the 5 finalists in the May 20 Pasta Festival Blogger Contest.

Please vote for your favorite post. The winner will be announced at the Pasta Festival on May 20 (see info and registration details below).

Each finalist has received 2 complimentary tickets to the festival and the winner will receive a free trip to Italy sponsored by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce.

Please see today’s featured post and please vote for your favorite post by clicking here.

“Pasta Making At Papa Amadeus”
Jamie Alvear
The Drunken Diva

“A Celebration Of Pasta – Cacio e Pepe”
Melody Price
The Broke Foodie

“Santa Margherita… it’s Spaghetti Margherita!!!”
Rebecca Castillo
My Vino Rules

“Pasta Is More Than A Cultural Legacy… Or An Italian Dish…”
Anthony Compofelice
Subtle Foodie

“Pasta – And Its Legacy As A World Food – Houston Edition”
Jay Francis
Houston Food Explorers


“A Celebration Of Pasta – Cacio e Pepe”
Melody Price
The Broke Foodie

From bucatini to tortellini , cannelloni to rigatoni, gemelli to vermicelli, and all those in between . There are hundreds of pasta shapes, types, and varieties all over the world today. Ironically, the origins of pasta aren’t as cut and dry as it’s namesake!

Although we normally think of pasta as an Italian staple, archaeological research has confirmed that the first noodle was actually created in central Asia and was made of rice. After that, the history is very unclear. The way pasta reached Europe from Asia is still an on going mystery. Regardless, Italians quickly personalized their pasta with flour made from durum wheat. Durum wheat’s abundance, high gluten content, and shelf stability made it an ideal ingredient in times where refrigeration and preservatives weren’t available.

Cacio e Pepe, which literally means “pecorino” and “pepper” in Roman dialect, is one of the most iconic dishes of the Roman Empire and Italian cuisine.

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