It’s one of the most popular of pasta puns:
“Did you hear about the Italian chef? he pasta way.”
“Pasta way” was cited in a 1967 newspaper. “Did you hear about the italian chef...he pasta way!” was cited in 1996.
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23 August 1967, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Pipeline Could Be Broken” by Buck Herzog, pt. 1, pg. 11, col. 1:
Reading that opera composer Giacomo Puccini’s long time chef died, Sentinel Copy Editor Dorothy Holm was wondering if she “pasta way.”
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c&w Southern National Jokes
Did you hear about the italian chef......
...... he pasta way!
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Did you hear what happened to the Italian chef ?
11 December 2001, The Times of India (New Delhi), pg. 11, col. 3:
Q: Did you hear about the Italian chef that died?
A: It’s so sad...he pasta way.
Squiffy The Clown
#humor #comedy Did you hear about the Italian Chef that died?
He pasta way.
8:41 AM - 19 Nov 2009
did you hear about the Italian chef?? he PASTA way!!
2:57 AM - 4 Feb 2010
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes:
Humour for the Whole Family
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
Did you hear about the Italian chef who died?
He pasta way last week
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
By Grant Tucker
London: The Robson Press
Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? He pasta way. We cannoli do so much. His legacy will become a pizza history.