Carolyn Kruse

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What’s better than a hot bowl of pasta on a cold winter’s night? Here in Massachusetts we LOVE our pasta. We have a whole section of our city full of delicious pasta dishes. The North End is one of the top destinations for a meal out, that should tell you how much we love pasta. In fact, Massachusetts is one of the most pasta-loving states in the USA, according to a new study from Chicco USA.

Where does Massachusetts rank among all the states? And what’s our favorite pasta dish. I’ll dish it all out for you here. So grab a napkin, a fork and a spoon (the proper way to eat spaghetti), and let’s dig in!

 

  • What's the #1 Pasta Loving State?

    Dang, New York beat us! Well, they do have New York City to drive up the numbers. So, it’s really no surprise New York leads the nation in pasta lovers per capita. They have some of the most famous Italian restaurants in the world.  There’s Carmines in Times Square, and rumor has it he early 20th-century invention of the classic dish Tetrazzini was created at the famous Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City (according to Chicco).

  • Where Does Boston Rank?

    We are keeping right up there! Massachusetts is ranked THIRD of all the United States for pasta lovers! The North End is considered one of the most authentic neighborhoods for pasta in the entire country. You’ll find a great list of North End restaurants here:

    Best Italian Restaurants in Boston's North End

    I spent every Saturday night one summer working as a hostess at a North End restaurant. One evening, the owner - a tough-talking, born-and-bred Bostonian with a rare smile - told me to turn away an approaching customer because we had a dress code.

  • The Most Popular Pasta in The U.S.

    According to Chicco, macaroni is America’s favorite. “It can be eaten at an upscale eatery or at the kitchen table — macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food and a favorite of pint-sized picky eaters! Popularized during World War 2 due to the rationing of meat and cheese, the elbow-shaped pasta dish represents the American home-cooking experience.” Seriously, macaroni?  Probably because kids love it! 

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  • What's Massachusetts' Favorite Pasta?

    According to this study, Massachusetts’s favorite pasta meal would start with a delicious bowl of ravioli, topped with bolognese and served with a garlic bread! Ummm….yes, please!

     

  • The Top 5 Pasta Loving States

    1. New York

    2. New Jersey

    3. Massachusetts

    4. Connecticut

    5. Washington

     

  • The Criteria For The Pasta Study

    Chicco is an Italian-based baby brand. According to their correspondence, they based the study on online search interest in every state.over a period of 5 years. From 54 pasta-related searchs, they were able to come up with the ideal meal for each state. The company looked at searches the following:

    1. Pasta noodles

    2. Pasta sauces

    3. Pasta dishes

    Literary Diet

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  • America's Top 3 Favorite Pastas

    Massachusetts #1 choice of ravioli isn’t found in the top 3

    1. Macaroni

    2. Angel Hair Pasta (Or Capellini)

    3. (4 way tie) Spaghetti, rotini, manacotti, tortellini and cavatappi

    Sanmarti Family Manufacturers Pasta Since 1700

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  • America's Top 3 Sauces

    Again, Massachusetts favorite, according to the study, bolognese, isn’t seen here. Good, that means more for us!

    1. Marinara

    2. Alfredo

    3. Pesto

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