Friday, February 28, 2014

Piazza dei Maccheroni

Piazza dei Maccheroni, Macaroni Square sign, Florence
Piazza dei Maccheroni (Macaroni Square)
Florence, November 2013

“According to a widespread misconception, macaroni was brought to Italy by Marco Polo, returning to Venice from China in 1292. This hypothesis has long been disproved, since it seems that macaroni was already used in Italy at least a century before, like pasta in general; Moroccan geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, who lived in Sicily, documented macaroni in Sicily and in particular in Trabia.”
(Macaroni, Wikipedia)

2 comments:

Revrunner said...

Well, and the Chinese most likely got it from us Yanks:

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni'.

cieldequimper said...

I cannot imagine a place des macaronis! :-)
I didn't know about Marco Polo and would have thought that rather strange...