Pasta is a very important part, probably the most important, of the Italian diet.
Filippo-Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian poet, defined that pasta "is the Italian gastronomic religion"
Italian are very picky on chosing the shape (over 300 kind to select from) and the sauce to pair with.
Many people suffer from glutine intollerance. Probably the flour are too much processed and refined, that's why is very important to chose the pasta made from ancient grain and not over processed.