PASSIONATE FOR PASTA

Almost a decade after pasta was "discovered" as a health food, its popularity, along with other ethnic Italian ingredients, remains undiminished in supermarkets across the land. "Everybody loves Italian food," said Sandy Kapoor, a registered dietitian and professor at Cal Poly's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Pomona, Calif. Italian is still the No. 1 ethnic cuisine in this country, she

Almost a decade after pasta was "discovered" as a health food, its popularity, along with other ethnic Italian ingredients, remains undiminished in supermarkets across the land. "Everybody loves Italian food," said Sandy Kapoor, a registered dietitian and professor at Cal Poly's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Pomona, Calif. Italian is still the No. 1 ethnic cuisine in this country, she added, ahead of Chinese and Mexican.

"It's a universal food, and widely consumed," said

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