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It’s being reported in a lot of places that bars in Italy are using pasta as straws: 1 ,2, 3, 4. They all cite the same source of a Reddit post here, with a picture of one of these pasta straws in use. There is also a number of mentions to "Stroodles" which is a company that seems to make these kinds of straws website here. Is there any evidence other than this single picture that these straws are in use in Italy at all? Or has all of this media just seen a picture and run with it?

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    Not relevant to Italy, but I have been given pasta straws in several "trendy" bars in London. Unfortunately I am a Coeliac so had to return the drinks, and then drink the replacement straight from the glass like some sort of uncouth neanderthal ... – superphonic Oct 11 at 13:22
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    it is tagged satire, fwiw – dandavis Oct 11 at 20:18
  • Not just Italy: here in Germany in our works canteen. – RedSonja Oct 14 at 11:43
  • Also anecdotal evidence; I was in Italy last week, and got a paper straw once only. Otherwise the straws in my cocktails were always plastic. – RedSonja Oct 14 at 12:11
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Yes, some bars in Italy are using pasta straws. But is it really surprising?

  • Civico5: Manduria, Italy
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    • News: "Civico5 opta per le cannucce di pasta: un atto d'amore per l'ambiente" (Civico5 opts for pasta straws: an act of love for the environment)
  • Dum Dum Republic: Paestum, Italy
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    • Blog: "Sulla scia della sfida #plasticfree già lanciata attraverso la sostituzione delle cannucce con gli ziti, il Dum Dum Republic promuove, insieme a un gruppo di stabilimenti balneari e strutture ricettive locali, la rete Paestum Sea Life." (In the wake of the challenge #plasticfree already launched through the replacement of straws with ziti, the Dum Dum Republic promotes, along with a group of beach resorts and local facilities, the Paestum Sea Life network.)
  • Fly #Calaporto: Polignano a Mare Italy
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    • Review: "Servizio lento,però il cibo era ottimo posto carino le cannucce di pasta erano inutili invece i camerieri sono molto gentili" (Slow service, however the food was great nice place the pasta straws were useless instead the waiters are very nice)
  • Sardigna Street Food: Villasimius, Sardinia Italy
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    • Review: "i vostri bimbi impazziranno per le cannucce di pasta!" (your kids will go crazy for pasta straws!)
  • Bevabbè: Riccione, Italy
    • Post: "Aderiamo al Romagna Plastic Free con questa geniale invenzione di @canu_organicpastastraw cannucce di pasta in versione senza glutine. Bevi senza plastica, bevi bene" (We adhere to Romagna Plastic Free with this brilliant invention of @canu_organicpastastraw straws in a gluten-free version. Drink without plastic, drink well)
  • Break Bar: Ostiglia, Italy

Searching the news for "cannucce di pasta" finds many more results and as a bonus they have better sources than posts marked "satire" on Reddit.

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    Guess the trick was to search in Italian rather than english – Jon.G Oct 12 at 8:53

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