Friday, April 18, 2008

Have you ever heard of "scarpetta"?

Many and varied are the uses of Italian bread. Italians use bread to accompany most of their food. There is one food item with which Italians do not eat bread, while Americans often do. That is pasta. The reason is because you should not double up on your wheat product. However after eating your pasta and if you are in an informal dinner, as a way to compliment the cook, you can “make a scarpetta” (in Italian “fare la scarpetta”). Scarpetta (meaning “little shoe”) is when eating pasta sauce, it is so delicious that every little bit should be wiped out of the dinner plate with a piece of fresh bread. This is an old informal Italian custom that simply shows one’s full enjoyment of a meal.

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