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Old 05-25-2006, 06:36 PM   #1
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Question Is eating technique consider a “technique”? Italian food?

Or should I post this in ethnic food?

Okay here is the question. When you eat, spaghetti should you or should you not use the spoon to help swirl the spaghetti on the fork?

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:57 PM   #2
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I was born in Naples though not italian my mother is german but she twirls with spoon but I dont really think italians do that as a rule.We will hafto get RDG to answer that one.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:59 PM   #3
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According to the Italian chef I worked under as well as other Italians, the spoon method is more of an Italian-American thing. The chef also would say that it is considered rude in some places in Italy to use your spoon when eating pasta.
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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No need to use a spoon. Just place the tips of the tines on a few strands of pasta at the edge of the plate and twirl.
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:59 PM   #5
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i agree that using a spoon is an italian-american thing. if you really wanna go goombah, you use a piece of buttered italian bread to help twist the pasta onto the fork.
in a related kinda thing, i've heard that the piece of lemon rind served with a cup of espresso is a no-no in italy. it expresses your displeasure with the coffee, so you need to flavor it with lemon.
along the lines of asking for ketchup with a steak in france.
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Old 05-26-2006, 03:59 AM   #6
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The only people in Italy that I've seen eating spaghetti or other long pasta with a spoon/fork combination are other foreigners! I just use a fork and bread to sop up any extra sauce, but my husband still uses the spoon/fork combo
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:11 AM   #7
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Indeed... for the past 3 years I have been here I have seen no one eating their spaghetti with an assistance of a spoon.
Well, don't worry... not everyone is such an expert at eating spaghetti neatly... I have seen lots of people attacking their plate like this...


(this guy is Alberto Sordi, one of the classic comedy actors in Italy... in a film called "An american in Rome")
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:34 AM   #8
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I think I was probably in my late 20's before I ever even heard of using a spoon to help eat pasketti.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:28 AM   #9
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My mom taught us to eat it with the spoon to help twirl, and I think she picked it up in Europe some place. Then we heard "no Italian would do it", then saw a TV food show where a man went back to his Italian roots and his family WAS doing it. Maybe it is regional?
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:37 AM   #10
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I didn't start using the spoon to twirl the pasta till about 10 years ago when I was watching a show that dealt with etiquette. They said the proper way was to eat it was with a spoon. Well I started and I'm hooked. I guess if I was in Italy I'd conform to the way they eat it there but here I'll use my fork . However, if I were to go to China I'd refuse to slurp my soup.
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