In the early 20th century, Italy was home to a number of thinkers who were both Fascists and Futurists. These individuals sought to revolutionize Italian culture by changing the national diet, specifically by eliminating pasta from it. This idea was met with much opposition as pasta had been an integral part of Italian cuisine for centuries prior.
The Fascist regime proposed that Italians should instead focus on consuming more wheat-based products such as bread and biscuits in order to modernize their diets. The Futurist movement took this notion even further; they argued that traditional foods like pasta were outdated relics of a past era which needed to be replaced entirely with new dishes created for the future age.
This proposal sparked outrage among many Italians who saw no need or benefit in replacing something so beloved within their culture with something completely foreign and unfamiliar – not only did it go against tradition but also posed potential health risks due to lack of variety in nutrition sources available through wheat-based products alone. Fortunately, these efforts ultimately failed due largely thanks to public outcry against them – today we can still enjoy our favorite classic pastas knowing full well how close we came at one point in time from losing them forever!