Do you feel nervous about ordering a bowl of pasta at a restaurant because you are worried you will have it falling out of your dish and even splattered on the walls? You are not alone! If you have never been taught the art of eating pasta like a true Italian then eating spaghetti can seem like a game of sudoku when you don’t know where to start. Most Italians have been brought up learning how to twirl the likes of spaghetti and fettuccine with ease and grace. So, how can you master this art and twirl pasta like a pro?
What Not To Do
Before we reveal the correct technique for eating spaghetti, let’s look at what you should not do. You definitely should not spear the pasta with your fork, lift it to your mouth, and then stuff it in. Yes, if we are all honest, this is probably how we have consumed pasta many times. However, this is a sure-fire way to end up with pasta sauce all over your shirt and spaghetti on the table. Not only is it messy but it does not make for a very enjoyable eating experience either.
Start By Buying The Right Cutlery
Before we reveal the technique required to eat spaghetti like an Italian, you need to make sure you have the right cutlery. This applies no matter whether you are eating pasta, pizza, noodles, or dorito chicken casserole. You will need two plates for a standard Italian place setting. There is a shallow bowl. This is designed for the first course, which tends to be a pasta dish or soup. Underneath this, there is a flat plate, which is for the second course. The bowl is called piatto fondo. It is an essential dish for eating pasta, especially long strand pasta like tagliatelle, linguine, and of course, spaghetti. This is because it has a curved surface, which comes in useful when you are twirling strands of pasta into the tines of the fork.
Twirling Spaghetti Like A True Expert
Now that you have everything you need, we are going to talk you through the process of eating spaghetti like a pro. Begin by spearing a few strands against the side of the bowl. Do not attempt to spear too many – this is a mistake a lot of people make. You then need to flick your wrist while moving your fingers so that the shaft of the fork rotates. This will result in the strands of pasta twining around the fork a number of times. Once you have got toward the end of wrapping the strands of spaghetti around the tines, you can start to lift your fork. Of course, you can buy pasta spoons so that you can rest the tip of your fork on the spoon while you are twinning the strands around. This also helps to make sure you do not attempt to wrap too much spaghetti around your fork at the same time. Plus, it just looks better when compared to pressing your fork against the dish, right?