Where did noodles come from, China or Italy?

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Noodles are a beloved and versatile food that have been enjoyed around the world for centuries. But where did they originate?

The answer to that question is not as simple as it might seem.

One popular theory is that noodles were first created in China, and then later introduced to Italy by Marco Polo during his travels there in the 13th century. However, there is some evidence to suggest that the story may not be so straightforward.

For one thing, the Chinese have been making noodles for at least 4,000 years, long before Marco Polo’s time. In fact, ancient Chinese texts describe a dish called “bing,” which was made from flour and water and cooked by boiling. This sounds remarkably like the noodles we know today. (source: Chinese Noodle History)

Moreover, there is evidence that noodles were already being made in Italy long before Marco Polo’s supposed introduction of them. For example, there are records of dried pasta being produced in the southern Italian city of Gragnano as far back as the 12th century. And the famous Italian dish of Lasagna, which is made from layered noodles, has been traced back to at least the 14th century.

So, who really invented noodles? The truth is that we may never know for sure. It’s possible that both China and Italy independently came up with the idea of making noodles, or that the dish was introduced to one country from the other long before Marco Polo’s time.


What we can say for certain is that noodles have become a staple food in many cultures around the world, and are enjoyed in countless different forms and preparations.

Whether you prefer your noodles in a spicy bowl of ramen, a classic plate of spaghetti and meatballs, or any other delicious variation, one thing is clear: the history of noodles is as rich and varied as the dish itself.

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