I LOVE pasta! But here in the US we eat too much of it - not too many times, but too much at a time! We seem to make the pasta the whole meal, with a little meat and maybe a small salad on the side. That's not how I learned to eat it from my grandparents, who ate pasta every day, but as a side dish. And they loved the quick fresh sauces, instead of the fatty, rich sauces we do today. Thank goodness some of the fresh, uncooked sauces are coming back into vogue.
I've been getting my seeds from Italy, through a friend in Massachusetts. Don't have a current catalog or address at hand just now, but as soon as I get the new catalog, I'll post the address and information here, for anyone who wants it. :)
I'm a Nonna, and have been for over 20 years now, but most of my grandchildren are pretty much "strictly" American as far as their tastes go. I only got to be around one of them as he was growing up, so he has an interest in his heritage, but the others think Italian food - if it isn't pizza or meatballs - is gross. My heart breaks to see how they eat. But they do love my pizzelles!!
The biggest problem I see in America is our practice of making the pasta the entire meal. Italians eat pasta as a side dish, part of the meal, not the entire thing. We just eat too much of it, and we have a penchant for making fatty sauces. Maybe if we could learn to eat smaller portions, and rely more on fresh, quick sauces, we'd be more healthy?