Usually when we say pasta in Italian we mean a whole world that may not seem so easy to understand to people not used to it. Pasta is not only the dried one, made from wheat, but also the “fresh” one, usually made with egg. This is what makes it also more flavoured, and exceptional..
When I was a child there was one tradition of birthday parties that used to mark the threshold of the “not a child anymore”-like parties: the fact that you could not only enjoy the party for a whole afternoon but even stay over for dinner! It was a real accomplishment! There was no other meal..