Friendly reminder that the invention of pasta dates back to ancient Etruscan civilizations and is not something that we “stole” from Asia.
The words pasta and lasagna come from the Greek words πάστα and làganon. When they founded Naples, the Greeks also adopted a dish made by the natives, made up by barley-flour pasta and water dried to the sun, called macaria. The existence of a dish similar to modern lasagna is also documented by Cicero. The Romans also had machineries similar to the modern ones used to manufacture the pasta. And there are other proofs of the existence of pasta in ancient times.
The legend about Marco Polo bringing pasta to Italy was started by the Macaroni Journal, in 1938. They wanted to make pasta look more international and take it away from its cultural context (italian-american neighbourhoods, that were seen as places for criminals). This legend has been proved wrong by many historians, but apparently it’s gonna be a long while before people stop believing it.