When you mess with a Jersey Shore resident's pasta, you are absolutely messing with the wrong thing. And when you attempt to name the top pasta in a state that should have pasta on its state flag, you must tread carefully and you should probably expect some pushback.

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What do you think the top pasta dish in the Garden State is? You almost get a little nervous when you hear the question. Is it even possible to narrow it down to just one? We have so many great Italian restaurants, and they all have a handful of great pasta dishes, so we need to figure out a way to make a good guess.

So, if you think more about the pasta dish you see most, at weddings, functions, and gatherings, it may help you get to the answer. We know the answer, and we're trying to help you here.

Here's another hint provided by Eat This, Not That, the fine folks who tabulated these results, New Jersey is the only state where this pasta dish is #1. That is a tantalizing clue, but does it help?

We'll add this clue. The sauce on this pasta dish is not a traditional red sauce. Aah, now we're getting somewhere. Time for the big reveal...

New Jersey's favorite pasta dish...

PENNE A LA VODKA!! Yes penne with vodka sauce, probably one of the top catering food on the planet, is our favorite pasta dish. And there's nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. Although it's not my personal choice.

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In case you're wondering, there are only two kinds of pasta I would even consider as my favorite. They are good old spaghetti and ravioli. End of story.

Just for the record, if you do any traveling here are the top pasta dishes at some of our favorite destinations...

Florida - Mac & Cheese

Hawaii - Spaghetti and Meatballs

Arizona - Fettuccini Alfredo

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