"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cooking Resources > Terms & Techniques
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-25-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
Master Chef
CharlieD's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: USA,Minnesota
Posts: 9,017
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?


You are what you eat.
CharlieD is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2006, 05:57 PM   #2
Executive Chef
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Raton,NM, USA
Posts: 4,572
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.

jpmcgrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
Executive Chef
ironchef's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: The SPAM eating capital of the world.
Posts: 3,557
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.
"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
ironchef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2006, 09:27 PM   #4
Certified Pretend Chef
Andy M.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 43,460
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.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2006, 10:59 PM   #5
Chef Extraordinaire
buckytom's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 20,421
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.
May your kilt be short enough to do a jig, but long enough to cover your Lucky Charms.
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2006, 02:59 AM   #6
Executive Chef
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,977
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
Ishbel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2006, 07:11 AM   #7
Executive Chef
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
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")
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2006, 07:34 AM   #8
Chief Eating Officer
GB's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
I think I was probably in my late 20's before I ever even heard of using a spoon to help eat pasketti.
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2006, 06:28 AM   #9
Master Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,970
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?
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2006, 08:37 AM   #10
Master Chef
SizzlininIN's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: USA,Indiana
Posts: 5,023
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.

Se non supporta il calore, vattene dalla cucina!
SizzlininIN is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.