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While the myth that pasta was brought back to Italy from China by Marco Polo has been roundly dispelled, one thing seems certain: pasta, like Marco Polo, liked to travel.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as a form of dry pasta was thought to have been adopted by Arab traders as portable food for long journeys such as caravan expeditions along The Silk Road to China. It’s believed that during the Arab invasions around the 8th century, the dried noodle-like itriyah was brought to Sicily where evidence was found that by the 12th century dry pasta was being manufactured in Palermo. From there, dry pasta journeyed north to Genoa, then from Genoa into the world, both old and new.

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