As if eating pasta isn't complicated enough, some noodles are eaten with a fork, some with a spoon, and some with a fork AND spoon! If your pasta is served on a plate or in a shallow bowl (such as spaghetti and angel hair) you eat it with a fork. If it is served in a deep bowl (such as ravioli) you eat it with a spoon! The noodle length determines if you cut or wind the noodle. Thin noodles are wound around the fork tines, and you can balance the fork against the side of the plate or wind the strands with the spoon. If the noodles are wide (such as lasagna), you will cut them.
Fun Fact: It is not improper to suck your noodles into your mouth. It must be done quietly though!
Can I Cut My Pasta?If you are in Italy you NEVER cut your thin noodles of pasta. It is easier, we'll admit, to cut your pasta with a fork and just grab little piece. If you cut pasta in it's homeland, it is one of the most horrible things you can do at the table.
If you were eating your pasta in Italy, this is very dangerous territory; there are CLEAR rules to adhere to. The only real golden rule is that if the pasta contains any fish or seafood, cheese is forbidden! There are also plenty of controversies about this cheesy topic, but we're not in Italy, so you can do whatever makes your pasta eating experience the best!
How do I eat the Meatball?
You will always want to cut your meatball into bite size pieces, but only one bite at a time. If your meatball is small you can cut it with your fork, if it is large you'll definitely want to use your fork and knife! Make sure that you get the fork well into the meat ball, since following scientific law, whatever flies off your plate will SURELY land on whatever will stain the worst.