It might come as a surprise to many of you that the National Museum of Pasta Foods is found in Rome and not Olive Garden. Located in the Palazzo Skanderbeg, the museum’s eleven rooms cover the history of pasta with exhibits on production, machinery, technologies, nutritional information, ancient and modern art and pop culture. The focus is entirely on Italy’s contribution to the world of pasta so don’t bring up the whole “pasta comes from Asia” thing. They might send Al Pacino after you. The museum is currently closed for renovations, but let’s hope it opens sometime soon so Romans can get their noodle fix. After all, the average Italian eats about 75 pounds of pasta per year. That’s a lot! Especially when you compare it to the 20 pounds of Chef Boyardee consumed by Americans. As June comes to an end and we enter the month of our one year anniversary, I’d like to thank the nearly 3000 (!) followers who read and like and reblog this thing. As much as I want to give up on this shit, I will continue writing for you guys. Expect a few different things in the next month, like me blogging some personal visits to a few cool places here in Chicago.