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Italian Food Quiz
by Staff
Food has traditionally been a fundamental pillar of Italian social life. Infused with ancient accents adapted from the Romans, the Greeks and the Etruscans, modern Italian cooking is a national culinary pastime characterized by endless examples of unique local flair. How much do you know about the cuisine commonly served at Italian supper tables?

What was the most influential crop incorporated into Italian cuisine after Columbus returned from the New World?

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Corn

When were tomatoes introduced to Italian cooking?

  • In the 1600s
  • In the 1700s
  • In the 1800s

What is a key factor that distinguishes Italian cooking from that of other counties?

  • The strictness of the recipes
  • The variety of the ingredients
  • The secrecy of the chefs

What's the most popular type of eatery in Italy?

  • Trattorias
  • Osterias
  • Pizzerias

Which people are frequently credited with first delivering dried pasta as we know it today to the Italian countryside?

  • The Arabs
  • The Japanese
  • The Irish

How many pounds of pasta do Italians eat on average each year?

  • About 20 pounds (9 kilograms)
  • About 40 pounds (18 kilograms)
  • About 60 pounds (27 kilograms)

How many different varieties of dried pasta are made in Italy?

  • About 100
  • About 275
  • About 350

Why does pasta sometimes come in such complex shapes?

  • The wrinkles and ridges are better at clinging to different sauces.
  • The more complicated shapes can be cooked less thoroughly.
  • The intricate contours are purely for ascetic purposes.

What is the primary ingredient of pesto?

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme

Which oil is most common in Italian cuisine?

  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil