National Pasta Museum, Italy – review
Without pasta, without pasta, it’s hard to imagine Italy. That’s precisely so that visitors to the country could get the right impression of the people of Italy and their favorite dishes and customs, in Rome they decided in the last century to create a museum that will tell about the exquisite dishes, which include pasta. That’s what they called it: the National Pasta Museum.
For accommodations for the exhibition Italians did not skimp: took eleven whole halls, and they tell all about pasta and its history – from how the product appeared to the present day.
Here a lover of Italian pasta and quality pasta will find everything. For example, elementary household utensils, which were used to make this pride of Italian cuisine in ancient times. And also the evidence of medics, who argue that nothing better than pasta for human health civilization has not yet invented.
This assertion should be treated with understanding, but without fanaticism. Especially considering the fact that the Italians do not hide the fact that pasta, alas, was not born in their country. The ancient Greeks beat them to it, inventing this floury dish and even giving it a name – “maceroi”. However, in Italy they claim that it was nothing more than a billet, a semi-finished product: real pasta, under the name of pasta, was born thanks to the creative gift of the cooks of this nation after all. And provided convincing proof of that conclusion.
One of the halls of the National Museum is dedicated to technology, by which exactly in Italy they learned how to dry pasta to such an extent that it could be preserved for years, on the one hand, and not to lose their wonderful taste characteristics, on the other. In confirmation of the exclusivity of this technology museum curators exhibit evidence of many reputable historians from other countries.
And finally, what can attract all fans of Italian pasta (pasta) from all over the world. One of the halls contains hundreds of recipes of what can be made from this dish. As well as various sauces, meat and fish and other products used in combination with pasta. This is where tourists usually stay for a long time, and they can be understood. Especially women: they realize that just like that, cheap and sulfurous, you can please your favorite men with an exquisite dish by studying this creative heritage. And it is well known that the way to a man’s heart is… Right – through the stomach.
Macaroni and Pasta Museums in Italy and Japan
The National Pasta Museum in Rome
The “Museo della Pasta” Opened in Rome in 1993. Located behind the Trevi Fountain in Piazza Scandenberg, 117. The 11 rooms of this unusual museum cover eight centuries of the history of the most popular Italian dish.
The Pasta Museo della Pasta contains a rich history of pasta, from its beginnings to the modern pasta production. Many interesting stories are told in the museum, which are related both to pasta and to the culture of its consumption.
The exhibits on display are also varied. From ancient records and manuscripts and other various documents, to antique machines and other tools used to make pasta.One of the rooms presents a variety of recipes for pasta dishes, as well as processes for making sauces from various products that go well with pasta.
The National Pasta Museum also has a cultural laboratory that presents a specific framework for tracing the evolution of pasta from an economic and industrial point of view, as well as the evolution of its communicative value as a distinct production in Italy.
Also in the “Museo della Pasta” hangs a number of photos of celebrities who are gorgeously nibbling on pasta. In separate rooms there are photos of Alberto Sordi and Toto, as well as works by contemporary artists inspired by this theme: Crista, Latella, Scaglone, Penel and Di Raco.
Pasta Museum in Pontedassio
The birthplace of spaghetti, according to one legend, is Naples, while the friend is Genoa. But anyway, in Naples they hold an annual holiday of spaghetti, and in Genoa they built a museum, but not in Genoa itself, but in Pontedassio town, which is located nearby.
The museum displays a notarial deed from the Archives of Genoa dated February 4, 1279, which confirms the existence of a culinary product of dough called “pasta” at that time. There are also 176 kinds of pasta and many recipes for condiments and sauces.
Each region of the country offers its own composition of dishes. For example in Genoa, a local green seasoning called “PESTO ALLA GENOVESE” is popular; it consists of basil, garlic, Mediterranean pine nut and sheep cheese and is one of the delights of Italian cuisine.
Instant Noodle Museum
In the Japanese port city of Yokohama, Nissin Foods, which specializes in simple dishes, opened the instant noodle museum on September 17, 2011.
The founding of the museum was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first “instant noodle” package.
The museum has exhibits showing the history of ramen noodles. Different versions of packaging, a mini-factory for making noodles, where you can participate in the manufacturing process: knead the dough, cut the noodles, send it to the dryer and pack it in a plastic container, and other interesting things.
Each visitor is given a special cup to fill with one of the types of noodles, powdered broth with a variety of flavors and cubes of dried vegetables and spices. The museum features instant noodles and pasta from around the world.
Inside the museum are branches of the famous ramen restaurant chains and a vintage 35-knot bar. There is also a souvenir shop selling noodle bowls, cooking utensils and packets of instant noodles.
Pasta museums in Italy and Japan were created to immortalize and show everyone the history of the pasta, so beloved by so many.
Agritourism in Italy: Food Museums
Many tourists come to Italy to fully enjoy the cultural and historical heritage of bygone centuries. They make a real marathon of museums and monuments, not knowing that they miss a lot without looking at one of the amazing food museums, of which there are many in the country of pizza, pasta and wine. And here are the most popular and interesting of them all:
Historical Archive and Museum of Peroni Beer in Rome
The museum of the famous Peroni beer, which was brewed almost two centuries ago, opened not long ago in the Italian capital. In this amazing building you can not only get acquainted with the brewing process, but also learn the history of the old enterprise, including many funny stories and secrets, and finally taste this amazing drink.
Today the Peroni Beer Museum is the only one in the country dedicated to this beloved product.
Address: (Archivio Storico e Museo Birra Peroni), Via Renato Birolli, 8, 00155 Roma
The museum is open from Monday to Friday. For updated opening hours and admission prices, please visit the museum’s official website: www.birraperoni.it
National Museum of Pasta
Going to Italy without tasting the famous pasta is a crime but it’s nothing compared to the sin you commit by missing out on this original Italian product.
There are 11 rooms of the unique Pasta Museum in Rome, each preserving the history, production secrets, and examples of the popular pasta called “pasta” by the Italians.
You can see how pasta was made in the last century: special machines for producing it will not let you forget the history of its preparation.
Address: Museo Nazionale delle paste alimentari, Roma, Piazza Scanderberg, 117 .
The museum welcomes visitors seven days a week, except holidays, from 9:30 to 17:30. The entrance fee is 10€ for adults, 7€ for minors and 1€ for children. Learn more about the museum here: http://museodellapasta.it/
The Tomato Museum
Only four years ago, a unique museum opened in Italy dedicated to this particular vegetable. The history of the tomato is splendidly presented: you will learn when this vegetable first appeared in Europe, how it was used, and what has changed since then. Moreover, the guides will be happy to share with you the amazing recipes that include tomato: from simple appetizers to sumptuous desserts.
Address: Museo del Pomodoro, Collecchio, Parco del Taro Strada Giarola, 11.
If you want to get into the world of tomatoes you can do it only from March to November, but during the rest of the year the museum is closed. The rest of the time the museum is closed. You can get in on Saturday or Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00, for a 4€ entrance fee. For details, click here: www.museidelgusto.it/info.asp.
The Museum of the Olive
Opened in the late 1990s, the Museum of the Olive preserves all the intricacies of the cultivation of the fruit, as well as its history.
Here you can discover the role of the olive in the life of the Italian people and you can even experience the preparation of real olive oil.
If what you heard was not enough, you are allowed to use a special room of the museum – the library, which collected all kinds of literature, devoted to the constant guest on every Italian table.
The address is Museo dell’Olivo, Imperia, via Garessio, 11.
The olive paradise is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 18:30. Check out the exact cost of admission and enjoy a virtual tour of the museum here: www.museodellolivo.com
Recently opened its doors, this museum tells its visitors about the history of sausage production in the Emilia-Romagna region. You will also learn about the process of making prosciutto, the way different types of sausage are dressed, all the tools used to carve the meat by hand, and the smells of all the seasonings used to make the meat products. If all you see makes your mouth water, you can buy any meat delicacy in a neighboring store.
Artur Yakutsevich: “We were lucky to be among the first to get to this meat mecca together with the Discovery Channel team before the official opening. Closer to the summer of 2014 the channel will release a series of programs about agrotourism in Italy, you dear readers can see the photo report on the meat museum now.”
Address: Museo della Salumeria, Castelnuovo Rangone, Via E. Zanasi, 24.
You can find out more and book a tour on the museum’s official website: www.museodellasalumeria.it
Editorial note: In December 2013 we had an incredibly delicious and informative trip to the Emilia-Romagna region. In four days we visited many themed restaurants (where we would never have gotten on our own) and museums, including Ferarri, Lamborghini and Maserati. Our guide in Bologna Natalia Miroshnikova, who we sincerely recommend to all the readers of ITALIA FOR ME, helped us in organizing and planning our motorcycle tour. We have Natalia’s contacts in our editorial office.
National Pasta Museum, Italy
Pasta is one of the main national symbols of Italy, about which you can learn a lot of new and interesting things, visiting the Pasta Museum in Rome. Museum guests can learn a lot of secrets of cooking authentic Italian pasta, tell them how in the old days the locals stocked pasta. The museum features a very interesting collection of photographs showing outstanding pasta dishes and the people who devour them with gusto.
Pasta museum in Rome will be of interest also to those who are committed to healthy eating, they will learn how to cook and eat pasta properly so as not to spoil your figure. The opening of the amazing museum took place back in 1889, now the museum exhibition is housed in eleven spacious rooms. Kitchen utensils, with which more than a hundred years ago local housewives cooked homemade pasta, postcards and stamps with pasta on them, interesting historical documents and old recipes for pasta – all these and many other amazing exhibits can be seen by visitors to the National (in every sense of the word) Pasta Museum.
One of the main ideas of the Roman museum is to shed light on the true history of the popular product. For more than a hundred years within its walls was collected a unique collection of ancient manuscripts from which you can learn that the first people on the planet to cook pasta were not Italians, but the ancient Greeks. Italians had another culinary breakthrough: they learned how to dry pasta and make it ready to eat. Next up – The Museum of Marijuana
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National Museum of Pasta and the sights around
National Museum of Pasta: In the vicinity of the National Museum of Pasta, the Zoomarine water park, at 26.8 km, is a great attraction. For lovers of fairy tales in Italy and around the world, the Luneur theme park, just three minutes away by car, is a must. The National Pasta Museum is adjacent to Bioparco di Roma, Italy’s largest zoo; take a tour there.
Further afield is more. Rome’s famous shopping district, Via del Corso, nearby, is worth a visit for shopping. Note the nearby (five minutes away by car) remarkable historical monument of Italy – the Palazzo dei Conservatori palace ensemble. In addition, if you appreciate the antiquity, explore the Castel Sant’Angelo, which stands at a distance of about three kilometers. The unique Natural Park of Guatemala, La ENEA, is waiting for you to walk a few kilometers from the National Museum of Pasta. In addition, the legendary Capitoline Museums art gallery of Rome is five minutes away. Take the opportunity to explore the unique Chiesa di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 700 meters from the cathedral. Finally, if you get hungry, try the Michelin Café Stazione di Posta, a few minutes walk from the National Museum of Pasta. You can book a table on the website www.stazionediposta.eu.
National Museum of Pasta – interactive map
Useful services nearby
The nearest ATM/ATM point: ‘Venanzo Mattei Distributore Api’ is 0.18 Km away (see it on the map).
Car rental outlet: ‘Europe Driver Service’ at 1.03 km ( on the map).
Gas station: ‘Stazione di servizio (Api)’ at 0.16 km
Supermarket/grocery store: ‘Iafrancesco Guido’ at 0.24 km
Parking: ‘Tucci Antonio’ at 0.23 km
Pharmacy: ‘Farmacia Marchetti – Giaquinto Dott. Paolo Emilio’ at 0.37 km
Police station: ‘Ex Comando I Gruppo Guardia Di Finanza Roma’ at 0.28 km
Cafe-restaurant: ‘La Dogana Food’ at 0.11 km
Train station: ‘Porta S. Paolo’ at 0.49 km
Nearest airports: ” Ciampino Airport CIA – 12 km ” Fiumicino Airport FCO – 20 km ” Sant’Egidio Airport PEG – 135 km ” Grosseto Airport (Baccarini) GRS – 151 km ” Abruzzo Airport PSR – 153 km