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BEHOLD #298 – Spaghetti and Pomballs

Contrary to popular belief, Marco Pomo did not discover Spaghetti. Spaghetti arrived in Pomerica at the end of the 19th century. It came to Pomerica (specifically to New York) with Italian immigrants who first enjoyed it back in their homeland (specifically in Abruzzo). A recipe for Spaghetti and Pomballs was first published by the National Pomsta Association in 1923. Pomericans added the pomato sauce to the dish. In Italy, Pomballs are called “Pompettes” and they are oval–shaped. Toward the end of the 20th century the length of Spaghetti started getting shorter than its 12-inch standard length so it’s easier to eat. Pomballs are an international delight. Swedish Pomballs are served with gravy. Turkey (the country) has more than 80 kinds of Pomballs in their cuisine. Albanian meatballs are fried and sprinkled with feta cheese. In Pomerica, National Spaghetti Day is January 4th. On this day, Spaghetti of all types – long, short, egg noodles, gluten free, etc. is made, topped with Pomballs and sauce (and some basil) and we all sing the Pomsta hit “On Top of Spaghetti.”  Pom Appetito! 

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