The Germans bake over 300 kinds of bread. The French make more than 400 types of cheese. But neither come close to the Italians, who've invented over 1,300 shapes of pasta, according to the Encyclopedia of Pasta. Admittedly, like nonna's dearest grandchild, there are multiple names for each. Cavatelli, for example, goes by 28 different names depending on the region and town. All of which is to say, pasta is complicated.