To Twirl of Not to Twirl, That is the Question

Day 50
Listening to: I Wear My Sunglasses At Night
Thought for the day: No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. ~Christopher Morley


Wednesday Night Dinner Club (WNDC)*** – Carrabba’s

There are several Italians in the WNDC so we often Italian restaurant hop. I’m fairly certain we’ve tried almost every Italian restaurant in Nashville. There are a few of these restaurants we return to regularly. Carrabba’s is one of them. I’m predictable in the Italian environment. I always order spaghetti with meat sauce or a margherita pizza. Tonight, I went with the spaghetti and oddly, for the first time, I became self-conscious about how I eat spaghetti. I mean, I was sitting next to Mary, one of the most Italian people I know! There was pressure! For me, I use a fork and knife and slice the noodles vigorously before taking the first bite. As I was slicing away, elbows flying, I turned to Mary and said, “Is cutting spaghetti before eating it an embarrassment to you as an Italian? Do you use a spoon to eat spaghetti?” She laughed at me, waved me away, and said emphatically, “NO!!! I CUT MINE TOO!” Another one of the WNDC members spoke up and said, “I heard on The Splendid Table that it is actually an insult to the Italians to eat spaghetti with a spoon.” Out of curiosity, I Googled “spaghetti-eating etiquette.” The results all said unless you’re a kid, it is only proper to use a spoon or twirl the noodles on your fork. I’m curious as to what y’all think.

***Wednesday Night Dinner Club – a group of people I eat dinner with ever Wednesday who are loving, loud, and always make me laugh. I grew up in a split family and never experienced eating dinner as a family at a table. This is my reward. The group has been in existence since the 1990s. I joined in 2009.

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