While it is traditionally believed to have originated in Italy, evidence has come to light suggesting that a very similar meal known as "loseyns" (pronounced 'lasan') was eaten in the court of King Richard II of England in the 14th century. The recipe was also featured in the first cookbook ever written in England. However, the claim is far from universally accepted (see the much earlier Roman use of "lasanum" below). The Italian embassy in London particularly speaks out against such theories.

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