Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Toasted Ravioli Is 1,859 Percent More Popular in Missouri Than Anywhere Else

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Missouri loves toasted ravioli. The rest of the nation .... not so much. - IMAGE VIA FOODSPOTTING
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  • Missouri loves toasted ravioli. The rest of the nation .... not so much.

What do we talk about when we talk about food?

As it turns out, the answer is as varied as the places we live. In Florida, they talk about conch fritters. In Texas, they talk about breakfast tacos.

In Missouri, we talk about toasted ravioli. And apparently we talk about it all the damn time -- 1,859 percent more than any other state.

That's the startlingly specific conclusion of the search-and-discover app Foursquare, which analyzed data from all 50 states to determine that which food or drink is most disproportionately popular in each of them.

See also: The Best Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis

These types of metrics have become super-popular of late -- recently, we learned that Missourians are disproportionately likely to die of meningitis. But at least this one has a happy conclusion: T-ravs dominate in Missouri, and Kansas City barbecue can eat its heart out. (Don't even get us started on Provel.)

Here's the complete map, as well as a link if you prefer the interactive version.

  • Courtesy of Foursquare

Foursquare also analyzed its data to find the spot that its users consider No. 1 for toasted ravioli: Anthonino's Taverna, the legendary restaurant on the Hill, took the top prize. Runners-up were the Old Spaghetti Factory, Charlie Gitto's, Three Kings Public House and The Tavern Kitchen and Bar.

Anyone else hungry for some fried pasta?

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