It seems we’ve been inundated by a pasta wave both in restaurants of all persuasions and cookbooks, but none of us are complaining. Why? Because pasta is almost the perfect food. Maybe it is the perfect food. Pasta is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet. It is versatile and can be adorned simply with fruity olive oil and garlic or embellished elaborately with shellfish, meat, and other delicacies. It is great for transforming leftover tidbits into a tasty one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated meal. Pasta is a most unpretentious and friendly food. Children (and fussy grown-ups) are willing to try almost any new food, even vegetables, if it is combined with pasta.