Who 'invented' the lasagna? Was it the Italians, the Greeks or the British?
Nothing beats the taste of a traditional lasagna and, owing to popular demand, we're delighted to announce that we now feature our rustic version on the new set lunch menu. To celebrate, we thought we'd bring you a few facts about the history of this glorious dish...
There are 3 popular theories surrounding the origin of lasagna, two of which make reference to ancient Greece. The main theory is that the Greek laganon - meaning 'a flat sheet of pasta dough cut into strips' - was the pre-cursor to lasagna. Another version is that it is derived from the Greek word for 'trivet' - lasana. The Romans borrowed this word as lasanum, which means 'cooking pot' in Latin and the Italians used the Latin to refer to the vessel in which they cooked their lasagna, with the food later taking on a variant of the name.
The third, more widely disputed, theory is that the dish was developed in 14th century Britain. Known as loseyn, it was constructed by layering meat, cheese and pasta. However one notable difference is that this dish didn't contain tomatoes. These didn't appear in Europe until the 15th century.
What do you think? Do you have a different theory? Let us know below or via the poll on our Facebook page.