National Noodle Poll Finds 59% of U.S. Adults Eat Noodles or Pasta at Least Once a Week

In celebration of National Noodle Day, Noodles & Company reveals America's favorite noodle preferences

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BROOMFIELD, Colo.--()--Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, today announced the results of its 2013 National Noodles Poll in celebration of yesterday’s National Noodle Day. The survey found that 59% of U.S. adults eat noodles or a pasta dish at least once a week, 68% of Americans who eat noodle or pasta dishes prefer spaghetti and 79% picked Italian as their favorite noodle dish cuisine. The survey was conducted online in September by Harris Interactive among 3,014 U.S. adults, ages 18 and older.

America’s Favorite Noodle Preferences

Italian (79%) noodle dish cuisine is the most popular type of noodle dish among those Americans who eat noodle or pasta dishes, trumping American noodle cuisines (52%) like Macaroni & Cheese. Not surprisingly, spaghetti (68%) was the number one noodle choice, with less than half of those who eat noodle or pasta dishes choosing fettuccine (42%), penne (41%) or elbows (40%). Nearly four out of five (78%) noodle or pasta eaters said meat, such as meatballs, is among their favorite topping for any noodle dish, and 74% said marinara/tomato based sauce was at the top of their list.

Noodle Preferences Tied to Personality Traits

Among those who eat noodle or pasta dishes,

  • 82% of people who classify themselves as fashionable, prefer Italian cuisine
  • 69% of people who classify themselves as funny, like cheese on their pasta
  • 39% of those who classify themselves as artistic, list Ramen as their favorite type of noodles

Noodles & Company: Your World Kitchen

Noodles & Company has more than 340 restaurant locations across the United States and delivers its globally inspired, cooked-to-order menu in a real bowl, delivered to the table with a smile. Its menu consists of more than 25 fresh, customizable dishes that are prepared quickly with quality ingredients. Favorites include the sweet and spicy Japanese Pan Noodles, zesty Pesto Cavatappi and the popular Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

For a limited time only, Noodles & Company will be featuring three Fall Dishes. The Thai Hot Pot includes a 30-ingredient curry broth made with a fresh cabbage blend, sprouts, Fresno peppers and shiitake mushrooms with a sprinkling of rice noodles and pulled chicken and naturally-raised pork. The Spaghetti Alfredo MontAmore® consist of noodles tossed with a decadent four cheese blend, roasted mushrooms and grape tomatoes, spinach and Parmesan chicken. The Pork Adobo Flatbread features spicy Latin adobo flavors of toasted cumin and fire-roasted tomatoes, naturally raised pork, cheese and Fresno peppers toasted atop flatbread and finished with fresh lime and cilantro.

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About Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain where its globally inspired dishes come together to create Your World Kitchen. It is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where world flavors don’t end at just noodles. Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated flavor combinations, Noodle & Company’s menu offers appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, too. Everything is made fresh to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients. Dishes are delivered to the table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite. With more than 300 locations nationwide, from California to Connecticut, guests can find a location nearest them and take a tour of the global menu by visiting

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Noodles & Company from September 25-27, 2013 among 3,014 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 2,868 eat noodle or pasta dishes. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Janet Reinhardt at


Samantha Fink, 646-277-1218

Release Summary

National Noodle Poll Finds 59% of U.S. Adults Eat Noodles or Pasta at Least Once a Week


Samantha Fink, 646-277-1218