A recent study, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 59 percent of U.S. adults eat noodles or a pasta dish at least once a week.
The 2013 National Noodles Poll, done on behalf of Noodles & Co., revealed that 68 percent of Americans who eat noodle or pasta dishes prefer spaghetti and 79 percent picked Italian as their favorite noodle dish cuisine. The survey was conducted online in September by Harris Interactive among 3,014 U.S. adults, ages 18 and older.
Italian (79 percent) noodle dish cuisine is the most popular type of noodle dish among those Americans who eat noodle or pasta dishes, trumping American noodle cuisines (52 percent) like macaroni & cheese. Not surprisingly, spaghetti (68 percent) was the number one noodle choice, with less than half of those who eat noodle or pasta dishes choosing fettuccine (42 percent), penne (41 percent) or elbows (40 percent). Nearly four out of five (78 percent) noodle or pasta eaters said meat, such as meatballs, is among their favorite topping for any noodle dish, and 74 percent said marinara/tomato based sauce was at the top of their list.
Among those who eat noodle or pasta dishes, 82 percent of people who classify themselves as fashionable, prefer Italian cuisine; 69 percent of people who classify themselves as funny, like cheese on their pasta; 39 percent of those who classify themselves as artistic, list Ramen as their favorite type of noodles.