Did you know? Of all countries in the world, Venezuela consumes the second-largest amount of pasta per capita each year. That means that more Venezuelans have more pasta on their plates more times each year than almost anywhere else. Anywhere besides… you guessed it, Italy.
Annual pasta consumption in Venezuela currently stands at about 30 pounds, and has been climbing steadily.
Some attribute this to the country’s significant Italian heritage. Others suggest that its geographic location makes it more prone to producing wheat than corn (another key staple in Latin America).
Either way, it’s no secret how much Venezuela loves pasta. World Pasta Day was once celebrated off the coast Margarita Island, according to the International Pasta Organization, which promotes “promoting the consumption and knowledge of pasta in the world.” This year, it comes to Istanbul.