Pasta in all its forms has graced tables across Italy, and indeed all over the globe, for thousands of years. Recognised as one of the world's most beloved foods, pasta possesses qualities that quite possibly will make it the twenty-first century's food of choice. Pasta's superior nutritional benefits have earned it 'super food' status. It's also the ideal staple: economical, easy to store and prepare, versatile and highly pleasurable to eat. In fact, one could easily call pasta 'the perfect food'.