Did china invent pizza and spaghetti?
if u know i need prof because i made a bet, thanks.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
"For much of the 20th century, many Chinese erroneously believed that pizza was an evolution of Chinese green onion pancake, brought back to Italy by Marco Polo. Chinese opinions on pizza's invention often run along lines like this:
Marco Polo missed green onion pancakes so much that when he was back in Italy, he tried to find chefs willing to make the pancake for him. One day, he managed to meet a chef from Naples at a friend's dinner party and persuaded him to try recreating the dish. After half a day without success, Marco Polo suggested the filling be put at the top rather than inside the dough. The change, by chance, created a dish praised by everyone at the party. The chefs returned to Naples and improvised by adding cheese and other ingredients and formed today's pizza.
The belief has since been dissipated in places like Hong Kong where people have gained awareness of the existence of focaccia, but is still extremely prevalent in some Chinese settlements such as mainland China.
The innovation which gave us the particular flat bread we call “pizza” was the use of tomato as a topping. For some time after the tomato was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was believed by many Europeans to be poisonous (as are some other fruits of the nightshade family). However, by the late 18th century it was common for the poor of the area around Naples to add tomato to their yeast-based flat bread, and so the pizza was born. "
"While many believe that spaghetti (or even pasta in some accounts) originated in China (where long thin noodles have a lengthy history), some now assert that the reading of a lost Marco Polo manuscript which led to this belief, was in fact an inaccurate Latin translation. Historically people in Italy ate pasta in the form of gnocchi-like dumplings – pasta fresca eaten as soon as it was prepared. It has now been asserted that the Arabs who populated Southern Italy (around the 12th Century) were the first to develop the innovation of working pasta from grain into thin long forms, capable of being dried out and stored for months or years prior to consumption (see Peter Robb's Midnight in Sicily pp 94-96 for details). Legend has it that Cicero, the famous Roman orator was fond of "laganum", an ancient tagliatelle. Some even say that even the ancient Greeks were fond of pasta. The Saracens invaded southern Italy in the 9th. century and had occupied Sicily for 200 hundred years. The Saracens were originally from North Africa. Some say that it was the Saracens who were responsible for the evolution of pasta in Italy. Pasta, although now being associated with the Italians as a whole, has its origin in the South. The popularity of pasta spread to whole of Italy after the setting up of pasta factories way back in the 19th. century and thus, this had enabled the mass production of pasta for the Italian market."Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti#Origins
- 5 years ago
Pizza, as we know it, is actually a rather modern invention, so anyone saying China is dead wrong. Tomatoes are from North America, they didn't exist in "the old world". If you want to get technical and talk about flatbread. It's laughable that people are saying Marco Polo invented it... Flatbread dates back to the Neolithic age. And Romans were eating panis focacius 100's of years before Marco Polo was born. Panis focacious is a flat bread seasoned with olive oil, salt, herbs, and topped with onion, cheese and meat... sound like an early pizza to you? Sure does to me.
Also this talk of Marco Polo bringing pasta and noodles to Italy is beyond false. It's rather funny because the origin of this legend comes from a Canadian Spaghetti company trying to promote pasta use in the United States in the 1920's. Yes... the what is seemingly a widely thought truth is indeed a lie that isn't even 100 years old yet.
If you read up on the history of pasta/noodles and other foodstuffs of that type, you'd find they existed all over the world (including Italy) LONG before Marco Polo.
Lagana (of which the lasagna noodle evolved from) was found mentioned in the writings of Horace in the 1st century BC. And at that time it was an everyday foodstuff. The earliest record we have for dried noodles comes from the 5th century and from the Arabs, not from China in the 13th century. Which, obviously, is when it was known that pasta could be dried and then cooked through boiling.
Even spaghetti predates Marco Polo and no it didn't come from China either. It was 100 years before Marco Polo in Sicily.
And truth be told, the noodle itself is over 7,000 years old and can be found in pretty much every ancient civilization on the planet (excluding the Americas)
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Noodles were invented in China (4000 years ago, using rice flour), many hundreds of years before Italians began making spaghetti using semolina flour.
And pizza probably originated in Ancient Greece, though there is some evidence the Mesopotamians were making flat, round breads with stuff on them far earlier than that. Since most people think "cheese & tomato sauce" when they think pizza, it's worth noting that tomatoes came from America, so could NEVER have appeared on a pizza in Italy until some time after Columbus landed on Hispaniola!Source(s): http://www.tagate.com/recipes/page/spaghetti.shtml http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/FOOD_IS_ART/pizzahis...
- Anonymous6 years ago
PIZZA WAS INVENTED IN NAPLES AND Pizza Margherita, was invented in 1889, when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned the Neapolitan pizzaiolo to honor the queen
SOAGHETTI AND ITALIAN PASTA ARE DIFFERENT THAN NOODLES
- 4 years ago
modern day pizza is American, invented by Italian Americans, but the original form of pizza is from Asia.
- MachowolfLv 41 decade ago
china first came up with pasta noodles (ie, spaghetti) however, the Italians later made pasta into new shapes, sizes...etc.
China did make the first pizza pies.....however, the italians are credited with how it looks today. (the ones the chineese had way back when...didn't look like what you see now).
Research this name.
This will give you a lot of info on how Pizza, pasta, fireworks and a whole host of other things came from China.......
I hope this helps.
- 6 years ago
Pasta and pizza ARE Chinese as those did not exist before Marco Polo and his return from China. Paper is Chinese, seismometer, umbrella, crossbow, compass, gunpowder, banknotes, dental amalgam, forensics, porcelain, rocket launcher, tea, rotary fan, toilet paper, restaurant menu AND thousands of other inventions our world rely on today. RESPECT CHINA!
- 6 years ago
I invented them actually. I went back in time and sold them in Italy.