Leave any sauce behind on your plate?


This blog post tells you how we LICK our plates clean in Italy.

Have you ever been served pasta with a sauce so delectable you secretly wanted to lick the plate clean?

Well the Italians have solved this age-old problem.

In fact they even have a word for it. It is called Scarpetta.
I was first introduced to the practice when I traveled to Italy,
with my good friend Tiziana to meet her family.

deb & tiz resturant 2
There were many things I leared about Italain culture that summer, but this one comes to mind often. In fact I used the technique this evening as I enjoyed a tasty pasta dish here in Italy.




Scarpetta: the literal translation is ‘little shoe’.
There are a few different versions of the origin of the word, and as to why it has taken on this name. The version I was told by my friends family is that when you drag your piece of bread across the plate to pick up the sauce, the bread looks the shape of a little shoe.

This plate is in dire need of SCARPETTA

This plate is in dire need of SCARPETTI

pig pasta

Pappaerdelle al ragu di cinghiale, local Senesi wild pig

I was happy to know that it was not only acceptable but truly a sign of a good meal and a compliment to the family to not leave any bits of sauce behind on your plate.In other words it is acceptable to ‘lick the plate clean’ by using a piece of bread.

This is how we do it!

This is how we do it!

This evening I returned to Bengodi, a favorite eatery of mine. An enoteca in my neighborhood and ordered the Pappaerdelle al ragu di cinghiale.
Chingale is the local Senesi wild pig, and in this case it was served over a nice wide flat noodle. (Papparedelle)

The sauce was incredible, and I really enjoyed the flavors. In order not to leave anything behind, I did the only thing I know how to do, and that is use a piece of the local Tuscan bread and ‘start mopping up’.
Just take your piece of bread, start at one side and finish to the other. Easy as pie!


Ciao Y’All