Italian pastas have spread beyond their original borders to become one of the most popular foods in North America and Europe. Please note that when we use the term Italian-style pasta we are referring only to the noodle products themselves, not to the dishes prepared from them. Appearing on menus are many dishes that are made with Italian-style pastas but that are not recognizably Italian in any way, as they use ingredients from other cuisines, including those of Asia and Latin America. Adopted by chefs from many cultures, Italian pastas have become citizens of the world.
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