How to Eat Pasta Like an Italian
Pasta Eating Etiquette
Have you been eating your pasta wrong all these years? Today's blog from your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses pasta eating etiquette.
While your fellow lake residents and visitors may not care how you eat your pasta, things might be different when you visit other places. Give these pasta eating tips a try next time you dine-in at Li'l Rizzo's and start preparing your eating habits for that trip to Italy you've been dreaming of. Not only will this pasta eating etiquette make it easier to enjoy your meal, it can improve the taste as well!
Fork or Spoon?
At most restaurants, you are provided with both a fork and a spoon when you first sit down. Which do you use for pasta though? Some people believe the answer to be both when it comes to eating spaghetti or some other long strands of pasta. You use your spoon to help twirl the pasta onto the fork, right? Wrong. An Italian would never use a spoon when eating pasta, unless that pasta was served in a soup. Instead, you should twirl the pasta against the curve of the plate or bowl that it has been served in. Don't complicate your meal by trying to use too many utensils. In most cases, all you need is a fork to eat pasta the right way!
The length and width of the noodle will dictate whether you cut or wind the pasta. When eating long, skinny noodles such as spaghetti or fettuccine, you'll want to wind it around your fork for easy eating. Try not to pick up more then 2-3 strands to avoid too large of bite. As mentioned above, press the fork against the dish it was served in, not a spoon, when winding or twirling. Inevitably, some strands will be hanging from the fork. Quietly suck them into your mouth without making a big deal about it; this is no improper dining etiquette. One more thing to keep in mind, never use a knife! The only time that you should cut your pasta is if you have a wide noodle, such as lasagna. One other exception would be if you are cutting up the pasta for a young child to eat. Otherwise, keep the knife away from your pasta dish.
Stop Eating Pasta the Wrong Way
Check out this fun YouTube video on how to eat pasta the Italian way, and stop eating it wrong today!