When dining out, there are some yeses and noes you need to keep in mind as to the right way to eat your favorite pasta.
A bowl of pasta with sauce is the best comfort food. If you eat pasta at home, there are no rules to follow when it comes to food etiquette. However, when dining out, there are some yes’s and no’s you need to keep in mind as to the right way to eat your favorite pasta.
1) Match the right shape to the right sauce
Remember that there are no hard and fast rules to this food etiquette. However, certain types of pasta go well with specific sauces. For example, the thin, delicate bristles work well with smooth sauces and twisted and ribbon-like batters, hold heavier sauces well. Therefore, before ordering your custom pasta, be sure to keep in mind what type of sauce will go well with what shape of pasta. Not only will you be able to enjoy your meal more, but you’ll also be able to finish pasta easily because some shapes roll in specific sauces more easily than others, leaving less of a mess.
2) Seafood cheese is a no-no
Seafood and cheese are rarely associated with pasta when cooked authentically. Italians instead use breadcrumbs with olive oil to top the pasta, if necessary. It is also a healthier alternative to cheese. You will rarely find the option of cheesy pasta with seafood on the menu of an authentic Italian restaurant.
3) Pasta should not be cut with a knife
If you go to an authentic Italian restaurant, be aware that cutting your pasta with a knife will be frowned upon. This is one of the most serious culinary sins you can commit with pasta. Italians never use knives to cut their pasta even though rolling the pasta around the fork becomes difficult. There are techniques that can help you easily roll your pasta on your fork.
4) No need for a spoon to eat pasta
Although you might be tempted to ask for help with a spoon while rolling the pasta on your fork, this is not good etiquette to follow in Italian restaurants. Pasta should be wrapped around the fork using the plate instead. The use of a spoon in Italian cooking is limited to tasting sauces and creamy dishes. However, pasta is never eaten with a spoon or spoon.
5) Never break the pasta before cooking it
Break up pasta such as tagliatelle or spaghetti before cooking; for them to fit in the pot is a big no-no. Even if your pasta protrudes from your pan or takes up most of the space on the base and needs to be stacked on top of each other, never break it up before boiling. When boiled, the pasta softens anyway and slips in the pan. Breaking the pasta before cooking is not a good practice according to the Italians.