Boycotting PastA?

On the 13 September, there will be no spaghetti, fettucine, farfalle or rigatoni in Italy, as the country goes on its first-ever pasta strike.

Angry Italians to go on national pasta strike


Angry Italians are downing their forks in response to a 30 per cent price rise in the nation’s favourite food, along with steep rises in the price of coffee, mozzarella, bread, biscuits and schoolbooks.

Most Italians eat pasta at least once a day, and consume around 54 kilograms over the course of the year.


According to a recent study, many of them prefer pasta to all other pleasures.

Imagine boycotting your greatest ‘pleasure’. Heh.
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Did y’all know……..
To cook one billion pounds of pasta, you would need 2,021,452,000 gallons of water – enough to fill nearly 75,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

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Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples, while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered crates of “macaroni,” along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.
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The first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. Mr. Zerega managed the entire operation with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery. To dry his spaghetti, he placed strands of the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine.

Speaking of spaghetti…and meatballs: the Italians only ate meat a few times a month. So, when they came to America, where meat was so plentiful, they incorporated meat into their cooking more often, making meatballs an American invention.

The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds of pasta per year.

How can you not love pasta.

That mix of soft, melted cheeses with tender pasta.
The tomatoes colored a bright red…..

Can you taste the creaminess, the heartiness of meat, juicy and fully cooked…..

..the sweet-and-tart flavor of the absolutely perfect sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Can you smell the fragrant smell…….


Just imagine it gliding over your tongue …warm and comforting.

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35 Responses to “Boycotting PastA?”

  1. Defiant_Infidel says:

    My Asian wife has no palate for pasta whatsoever… but take away her rice and watch the sky fall down!

  2. Jenn says:

    Please put a disclaimer up when showing pasta porn like that, my diet for today will now be ruined as I must eat gooey cheese covered pasta or expire.

  3. Christi says:

    Angel, I’m not a big pasta fan but you do make it sound tempting. :)

  4. in2thefray says:

    On a serious note certain staples are seeing increases without full explainations. I live in the Northeast so courtesy of bad legislation a gallon of milk is more expensive anyway. Recently my wife noticed a sign at the store “explaining” the reasons of costs,fuel and ethanol. Load up on those carbs and keep an out out on those price shifts. Consumers deserve better.

  5. MariesTwoCents says:

    Ok that really made me hungry :-)

  6. Bar Kochba says:

    I love pasta! I was jusstItaly a few weeks ago and boy, did I have great pasta!

  7. michael says:

    I couldn’t go on a pasta strike, and I’m not even Italian!

  8. nanc says:

    brown butter garlic pasta!

    fettucini with clam sauce!

    fajoule!

    penne or ziti with cheese!

    somebody stop me!

  9. Pela68 says:

    Now you got me hungry!
    It’s past 11 pm!
    D*mn you Angel!
    (I think I have some pasta- and a spicy Bolognese sauce in the fridge).

    (c;

  10. Paul Champagne says:

    Italians without pasta … that would be like Americans without McDonalds … too terrible to imagine.

  11. Frasypoo says:

    I am supposed to be on a diet and have done well so far!!!!All I want now is some pasta!A BIG HUGE bowl.I want to cuss at you too,Angel!!!
    I would be hit harder if you took away my rice.

  12. hnav says:

    mmm…

    pasta…

    this strike is not fair to the tummy.

  13. Big White Hat says:

    The Italians may say they are boycotting. But, I don’t think they have the stomach for it.

  14. john says:

    Perhaps they’ll all go Atkins.

  15. Jungle mom says:

    The pasta fotos are cruel! I am trying to lose the pounds from my vacation!!!

  16. ortho says:

    I hope you ate some pasta after writing that post. Reading it made me hungry.

  17. Angel says:

    YUP, GUILTY AS CHARGED… I made lasagne for dinner..ha ! ;)
    dessert anyone? :)

  18. Stout Republican says:

    15 and 1/2 lbs? Wussies…that’s a weekend here. Booya! I loves me some Italian food. If you live in the Huntington Beach (CA) area, Cavallino’s is one of the best places I’ve been…reasonably priced, and they dote on you.

    Add cheese, and you have the perfect food. Can you say: Manicotti

  19. Debbie says:

    It shouldn’t be too hard to boycott pasta since there is going to be a shortage. Too many grains are being used for alternative fuels, promoted by the global warming crowd.

  20. KKarLLmM says:

    Sorry Angel, could not help it…….

    On Top Of Spaghetti

    On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese
    I lost my poor meatball
    When somebody sneezed.
    It rolled off the table and on to the floor
    And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.
    It rolled in the garden and under a bush
    And now my poor meatball is nothing but mush.
    So next time you eat spaghetti
    All covered with cheese
    Protect your poor meatball
    In case of a sneeze

    and of course……..
    Spaghetti, spaghetti, all over the place,
    Up to my elbows–up to my face,
    Over the carpet and under the chairs,
    Into the hammock and wound round the stairs,
    Filling the bathtub and covering the desk,
    Making the sofa a mad mushy mess.

    The party is ruined, I’m terribly worried,
    The guests have all left (unless they’re all buried).
    I told them, “Bring presents.” I said, “Throw confetti.”
    I guess they heard wrong ‘Cause they all threw spaghetti
    now pass me a bowl, and put some melted cheese on it…..PLEASE!!

  21. Vorzheva says:

    Angel: :lol:
    Well, very extraordinary news indeed. It’s true they really love pasta, so this is going to be hard for them. Just as hard as it’s for your readers now, not to go running to the kitchen to make some pasta for ourselves!!
    (Thanks God it’s breakfast time! :lol: )

  22. marallyn says:

    oy…that is terrible!!! no spagetti??? vey…stay safe…great post…love your blog…a sweet new year my friend

  23. Gayle says:

    Got here a bit late, but that’s better than never! It’s 7:00am Thursday morning. Guess what we had for dinner last night? Spaghetti with a Clam Sauce that I love, and a fresh garden salad.

    I’ll bet many of the Italians won’t be boycotting anything but will be making their own pasta at home. I know I would! For Italians to boycott pasta would be like Texans boycotting steak. :)

  24. Al-Ozarka says:

    I think we’ll have spaghetti for supper.

  25. DD2 says:

    Great post Angel, ya got me hungry.
    I’m thinkin about some spicy meataballs

  26. brooke says:

    You kill me with these food posts, Angel!

    Where’s the nearest Italian restaurant? :)

  27. Flanders Fields says:

    Angel, I’ve damn near turned into an Italian reading your post. I like good pasta, but I would kill for a Whattaburger right now! You probably don’t have those in New York, but you need to have.

    All I have access to is an occasional McDonalds, which is something, but I don’t know what. It has gone halal in Britain I understand, and so is serving food sacrificied to someone and something I don’t support (besides you don’t really know what’s in it).

  28. DragonLady says:

    My ham sandwich is so less satisfying now. ;-)

  29. Chris says:

    Spaghetti for dinner tonight. :-)

  30. ZionistYoungster says:

    The Arabs can’t pronounce P, they say it B instead. This is a source for a lot of jokes in Israel about Arabs. (Good clean fun, but which our self-righteous Leftards will naturally decry as “raaaaaaaacism”. Khomeini said there is no fun in Islam; none in Leftism either, and now you have yet another reason why they’re allies.)

    Uh, where were we? Oh yeah: so one day an Arab came back home from Italy, and his friend asked him how it was.

    He replied, with an angry face: “Terrible! Just terrible! Those beoble are misers, cheats, swindlers!”

    The friend was surprised, because it went against what he’d heart. “How can that be? What did they do to you?”, he asked.

    The reply: “Every restaurant I visited, I asked for basta, hours and hours, ‘Basta! Basta!’, but didn’t get any!”

    (“Basta” is Italian for “enough”, “no more”.)

    :lol:

  31. ZionistYoungster says:

    PIMF heart -> heard

  32. Panhandle Poet says:

    Holy cow you’re making me hungry!!

  33. Perri Nelson says:

    Mmmmmmmm….. Spaghetti!

  34. Dapoppins says:

    Okay, now I am really hungry. You have such a way with food!

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