1. There is evidence that some sort of pasta and pizza were already eaten in Ancient Rome.
2. The world’s first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opened in Naples in 1830.
3. There are over 140 types of pasta (see list), and even more names. Some pasta varieties are only produced regionally, while others are known under a different name in various regions.
4. Each Italian consumes in average 25kg of pasta each year. However, pasta consumption is considerably higher in the centre and south of the country than in the north, where risotto and polenta are more common.
5. There are thousands of traditional and regional Italian desserts. However, the most famous one abroad, the tiramisù, was only invented in the 1970’s. The name literally means “pick-me-up” (metaphorically, “make me happy”), due to two of its ingredients : coffee and cocoa.