Who invented spaghetti?
The word 'spaghetti' comes from Italian. This food is popularly believed to have been introduced to the West by the Venetian explorer Marco Polo following his visits to China. But while the Chinese have indeed been making noodles for thousands of years, they more commonly used rice flour than wheat flour.
The type of long, thin, boiled noodle today referred to as spaghetti is more like to have been introduced to southern Italy by Arab conquerors in the 12th century. A fifth century Aramaic source (the Jerusalem Talmud) refers to a boiled noodle of this sort.
A similar noodle has been attributed to an ancient people living in northern Russia. You would think it came from Italy, but it acctually came from China.
If we assume noodles were brought into Italy from China during the Renaissance period and the dish was refined at the time to create the 'spaghetti' we all know and love then spaghetti has must be entering its 700th year by now. Spaghetti of course is plural. A spagho is a single strand of pasta and can be of various diameters of which spaghetti is one but certainly not the thinnest. While it is popular…
It was invented in the WWII era when soldiers began returning home from Italy having developed a taste for Italian spaghetti and pasta dishes. America has always been a meat loving country and chefs began to envelop balls of meat into pasta dishes to satisfy cravings of both regions. As it began to catch on, it was put out to the masses by Chef Ettore Boiardi (Chef Boyardee).