How to Eat Spaghetti Like an Italian
It’s an age old dilemma; how does one eat spaghetti gracefully? Unless you plan on eating pasta with your hands or reenacting Lady and the Tramp, you might want to study up.
Managing the pasta can be a difficult process at first, but with some practice, you’ll be eating spaghetti like an Italian in no time. In our humble opinions, eating spaghetti is still easier than using chopsticks, so so you’ll be a pro before you know it!
Below are a few easy tips that will help you eat spaghetti politely and elegantly. Take a stab at it and let us know how it goes in the comments below!
1. Make sure you use the right sauce.
Certain pastas are for certain sauces. Long pastas like spaghetti and linguini are meant for smooth, liquid sauces like marinara or pesto that will coat the strand. Chunky sauces will make eating the pasta more difficult, as the spaghetti and the sauce are less likely to stay on your fork at the same time.
2. Twirl a small portion of spaghetti using only your fork.
While many American restaurants provide a large spoon to twirl your spaghetti with, Italians have mastered the art of using one utensil at a time. Ground your fork perpendicularly to your plate, and then slowly rotate your fork in a clockwise motion.
3. Put the fork in your mouth and chew.
If you take one small bite at a time, you’ll manage to gracefully eat your pasta instead of turning into a barbarian like our friend in the photo to the right.
4. Never cut spaghetti with the side of your fork.
Spaghetti is made in a long shape for a reason. Don’t insult Italians by cutting yours up. If they can master eating the pasta, you can too!
5. Don’t slurp the pasta into your mouth.
If you’ve twirled your pasta correctly, there will be no need for slurping. A good rule of thumb: Be seen, not heard!
Any tips we forgot? How do you eat your spaghetti? Share them in the comments below!