Nothing is as Italian as pasta, or is it? Its origins remain unclear and many other cultures, most notably the Chinese, have similar foodstuffs in their traditional repertoire. Did, as the legend says, Marco Polo first bring pasta back to Italy from China in the 12th century? This seems unlikely since Marco Polo was from Venice, in north-eastern Italy and pasta seems to have its origins in the south. Also, a reference to pasta in Sicily has been found dating to 1154, exactly 100 years before Polo was born. Some authors have even linked an ancient Roman dish called lagana to modern lasagne al forno so pasta could have been present on the Italian peninsula a lot longer than we think.