Taking a bite of a tight ball of spaghetti is something unique. The strands of pasta kissed with sweet sauce is a thing of beauty. Not to mention you don’t make a mess of yourself with saucy lips. The question is, how do you do it?
Italians don’t use the spoon when twirling pasta. The spoon can be perceived as having bad etiquette. Long pasta is always served in a bowl so that you can use the side of the bowl as your curved surface or acting like the spoon. Also, Italian pasta sauces are always less saucy than those served here, making it of no use to have the spoon for slurping up left over sauce.
The spoon came to the U.S. for two reasons. One, Italian immigrants were having trouble finding a perfect sized bowl for their beloved spaghetti. This resulted in eating their spaghetti on a flat plate, hence using the spoon for some twirling assistance. Two, the sauce serving quantities became much more abundant, hence using the spoon for a little after pasta slurp.
Now that we have finished our discussion on why we use the spoon, it’s time to toss the spoon and learn how to eat spaghetti like an Italian.
- Always eat spaghetti in a bowl or curved surface
- Gently dive your fork into your spaghetti and lift up. Don’t take too much.
- Return the fork back to the side of your curved plate. Twirl into a nest.
- Lift that pasta nest into your mouth and enjoy!