National Spaghetti Day

The holiday season isn’t over yet! January 4th, also known as National Spaghetti Day, is one of our favorite days to celebrate and there’s no better place to do so than Ciao! Grab your friends and family, and head to Ciao for supper and live tunes from Bruce Zimmerman!

In the meantime, here are some fun facts about those long, thin noodles we’ve all come to love:

Spaghetoo!

Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word “spaghetoo,” which means “little lines” or “twine.” Thin spaghetti in tomato sauce dates back to the 19th century in Naples. The sauce was served with fatty meats such as ham, sausage, or bacon.  It wasn’t until WWII, that meatballs were introduced to the popular dish.  You can thank America for that!

Americans Eat A LOT of Spaghetti!

In 2000, over 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti were sold in American grocery stores.   To put that into prospective, if you were to line all those packages up, they would circle the Earth NINE times!

April Fools!

On April 1, 1957, BBC made a spoof broadcast suggesting that spaghetti grew on trees! At that time, spaghetti was considered a delicacy and BBC played on that fact by going into much detail about how frost could impair the flavor of spaghetti and that spaghetti strings always grow to be the same length. You can’t believe everything you see on TV!

Now go make those reservations! We’ll see you tonight!

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Tatum Dodd