Many are the theories that have been presented concerning the origin of the pasta product. Some researchers place its discovery in the XIII Century by Marco Polo, who introduced the pasta in Italy upon returning from one of his trips to China in 1271. On chapter CLXXI from the “Books of the World’s Wonders”, Marco […]

Ironside mozzarella

There are basically two types of mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella) is made from domesticated water buffalo milk and mozzarella fior di latte is made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow’s milk. Buffalo mozzarella is made from milk of water buffalo raised in designated areas and holds the official status of protected designation […]

italian food

Picturing Italian food history in few words is not an easy task. In a country with such long and troubled history as Italy, the variety of its food is barely imaginable, even for Italians. Nevertheless, let’s try to sum it up starting back from… The origins Some ancient inhabitants of Italian soil, more accurately around […]

history of ice cream

There are more myths about the origins of ice cream than flavors at Baskin-Robbins. Debunking them is among the jobs of the Historic Trades cooks at Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace kitchens. They concoct eighteenth-century versions of the frozen treat in front of guests every month. Some sources say the ancient Romans invented ice cream, others […]


Taxonomy of Pizza Styles in America

From Old Forge pies, to Rhode Island’s pizza strips, the scope of styles and methods paints a fascinating portrait of America. The endless stream of memes; the crossover into high couture; the ability to order delivery with emojis; the dedicated slice harvesters who document every minute detail on their blogs—all the advancements, scholarship, and tributes […]

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