Bill, Guilana Rancic talk National Pasta Month

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Every October we celebrate one of America’s best loved foods, pasta! There are so many ways to celebrate National Pasta Month from trying a new recipe to learning how to eat like an Italian.

Italian born actress and author Guiliana Rancic and her husband Bill joined us via satellite to share their first-hand observations of the differences in Italian and American eating. They also provided easy tips and advice for bringing Mangia into your home.

Fun facts about pasta:

•There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide
•The word “pasta” comes from the Italian for paste, meaning a combination of flour and water
•The three most popular pastas’ are: penne, spaghetti and macaroni

Some fun facts about Italian eating habits:

•One-quarter of Italians eat pasta on a daily basis, compared to just two percent of Americans
•84% of Italians eat at the table with family and 70% eat family-style, compared to 31% of Americans
•Italians are three times more likely to have wine with their meals and more than two times more likely to set the table than Americans.