October 25th is officially recognised as World Pasta Day!
And what better way to celebrate than to eat some delicious pasta! Well, you can do that at home.
But here at Whereabouts Holidays we thought we’d take a look at some of the most popular pasta dishes in all of Italy and highlight some of the areas you can visit to try them out!
If you’d like to try some of these culinary delights for yourself, at Whereabouts we have several adventure holidays in Italy, ready and waiting for you to book!
With this in mind, here are just a few amazing, traditional pasta dishes and the places you can visit to try them:
Pasta Alla Norma – Sicily
Given where it originated from, it makes all the sense in the world that Pasta Alla Norma consists of ingredients popularised in the Mediterranean area, most primarily Aubergine (or “Eggplant” to some).
You’d think the dish was created by a traditional Italian chef by the name of ‘Norma’ given the title, but you’d be wrong! It was in fact named by famed Sicilian poet Nino Martoglio, who enjoyed it so much when he tried it for the first time that he compared the meal to Vincenzo Bellini’s operatic masterpiece ‘Norma.’
Elegance in simplicity is the name of the game when making Pasta Alla Norma as it consists of very few ingredients compared to many other dishes. A simple tomato sauce is married with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, before being topped with ricotta cheese. Oh, and don’t forget to salt your chopped aubergine to draw out the moisture before adding it to your sauce, and finally your pasta.
Sound tasty? You’ll be sure to find Pasta Alla Norma on your travels on our Sicily & Aeolian Islands adventure holiday.
Spaghetti in nero di sepia - Venice
While it is believed to have been invented in our previous entry Sicily, Spaghetti in nero di sepia really found its audience when it arrived on the riverbanks of ‘The Floating City’ of Venice!
It consists of spaghetti pasta laced with various different ingredients and spices. Most notably, of course, is the unorthodox addition of squid and squid ink which turns the once golden strands of pasta a gothic jet-black colour.
Alongside the squid and ink, white wine, garlic, red pepper flakes (and various other additions, depending on which region you find yourself) are added to create a dish that’s striking to the eye and tingly to the taste.
The popularisation of the dish in Venice is most likely a result of its link to the “water aesthetic” of the city. Although how many actual squid you will see traveling the rivers remains to be seen!
Our Lake Garda to Venice trip will surely give you the chance to try this unique dish, and plenty others along the way!
Scialatielli all’amalfitana – Amalfi Coast
A popular pasta in the Amalfi region, Scialatielli was actually created quite recently (most likely the 1970’s) when chef Enrico Cosentino chose to experiment with the traditional ideas of what pasta is and what it is made of.
He ended up replacing eggs with milk and incorporated olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese into the pasta itself.
The result was like nothing pasta lovers had experienced before and turned out to be a huge hit with locals, quickly spreading to nearby towns and regions. The chef even won a prestigious international pasta award for his work!
Scialatielli all’amalfitana specifically describes the pasta when it is mixed and served with seafood (primarily prawns and mussels) sourced from the ever-popular Amalfi coast.
This and other seafood delights will be on your doorstep if you choose to take up our Amalfi Coast adventure holiday. Don’t miss your chance to sample one of the most picturesque locations on the planet!
Or perhaps you’re already a pasta connoisseur and you’re after specific pasta from a different part of Italy?
Have no fear! Take a look at the other Italian adventure holidays we have to offer at our dedicated Italy page here.
And… Happy World Pasta Day!