Ten Myths About the Mediterranean Diet
Eating large bowls of pasta with bread is totally fine.
Yes, Italians in particular eat a lot of pasta, but not in the type of portion sizes that Americans are accustomed to. In the Mediterranean, pasta is typically a side dish with about a 1/2-cup to 1-cup serving size.
Pasta isn’t the stand-alone dish; instead, people have salads, meat sides, and vegetable sides to fill their plates. A slice of bread (as in one slice) often joins the meal, for a total of two to three starch servings for that meal.