As kids in Italy, we grow up learning how to properly eat pasta. Our parents and nonnas teach us how to elegantly twirl spaghetti, fettuccine, and other long stranded pasta around our forks until it becomes completely natural.
We frequently hear of guests thinking the correct way to eat pasta is by using a spoon and fork to twirl the strands of deliciousness. That is a myth!
In Italy spoons are for children, amateurs, and people with bad table manners. Another faux-pas that we see here in Cambodia is people trying to use chopsticks to eat noodles.
In this short post, you will learn how to eat pasta like an Italian so you can impress your friends on your next visit.
First, here are some of the ways we have seen guests eating spaghetti:
- Twirling a few noodles on a fork
- Twirling a few noodles between a fork and spoon
- Cutting noodles with a knife and eating them with a fork
- Using chopsticks to pick up noodles and slurp them up
We have to disagree with all of these except one. The ONLY way to eat spaghetti is by twirling it with a fork, and a fork alone. Chopsticks, of course, are a big no no, cutting pasta breaks our heart, and using a spoon is for children.
Be an Expert Pasta Eater
Here’s how to look like a pro when eating pasta in Cambodia. Wind a few strands, not too many, around your fork. Bring the fork to the side of the plate for easy wrapping. When you pick up your fork the noodles should be tightly wound and easy to take in one bite. Remember slurping is for kids.
If some pasta strands are still dangling from your fork, just quietly suck them into your mouth and try not to splatter sauce on your shirt.
Create the Perfect Italian Dining Experience in Cambodia
If you want to have a genuine Italian pasta eating experience, you need to visit a restaurant that honours true Italian traditions.
That’s our specialty here at il forno. We offer sophisticated and classic Italian dishes that are sure to please. Pair your selection with our extensive list of imported wines, cold cuts, and cheeses. There’s no better place to experience Italy in Cambodia except by getting on a plane and heading to Italy.
See you soon, ciao.