First of all I’d like to clarify that I am not on diet. My eating habits include pasta twice a week. I try not to avoid carbohydrates that are an important component of healthy nutrition.
Anyway, I think it’s very easy to fall in love with Pasta. And when you say pasta you say tomato sauce. When you say tomato sauce you say spaghetti. When you say spaghetti, lasagna, fusilli, penne, bucatini you say… ITALY! So if you are in love with Pasta you’re in love with Italy too.
Italian pasta is traditionally cooked al dente. Remember: al dente (“firm to the bite”), in other words not in the American way 😉 ! Actually as pasta was introduced elsewhere in the world it became part of so many local cuisines but believe me it’s cooked in a very different way from the Italian one.