Spaghetti Donuts Exist and the Internet Has Strong Feelings About Them

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The latest food hybrid craze has arrived. Mixing an Italian savory pasta dish with a popular American pastry, Pop Pasta has invented spaghetti donuts. The “baked good,” which is already making its mark on social media, debuted last weekend at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg open-air food market.

The dish, created by Luigi Fiorentino and his wife, Emy Gargiulo, is inspired by spaghetti pie (frittata di spaghetti). “In the Neapolitan tradition the spaghetti pie is a dish prepared with pasta leftovers combined with eggs and cheese and then fried,” write Fiorentino and Gargiulo on their website. “Traditionally the spaghetti are formed into large round pies and cut into slice.”

According to Fiorentino and Gargiulo, the donuts are the “perfect food” for picnics or going to the beach. It’s also portable and easy to carry around, as you can hold it in one hand.

The donuts come in the following flavors: Aglio e Olio Pop (spaghetti with Parmigiano, eggs, olive oil, garlic, and spices), Red Sauce Pop (has tomato purée), Zucchini Pop (contains zucchini), Carbonara Pop (has bacon), and the Bolognese Pop (contains tomato purée and ground beef).

Although it’s a combination of spaghetti and donuts, it’s also not quite a real hybrid. On a scale of cronuts to ramen burgers, the spaghetti donut leans towards the ramen burger. Instead of mixing ingredients of both food items — like the cronut, which has elements of both donuts and croissants — this pasta-pastry dish is basically spaghetti molded into the shape of a donut (much like the ramen burger, which was essentially ramen shaped into burger buns).

The response to spaghetti donuts is not surprisingly mixed — some can’t wait to try it, while others think it is an abomination. Both groups have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts.

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