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john

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Dec 17, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/17/98
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sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.

Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?

Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?

John


Michael Sierchio

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Dec 17, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/17/98
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bizbee wrote:
> I never thought it was proper or <improper>... I just thought the
> spoon was supplied for amateurs! :-0

It's for children.

Robert Lauriston

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Dec 17, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/17/98
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john wrote:
>
> sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
>
> Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
>
> Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?

I don't think most restaurants in Italy even provide spoons unless you
order soup or some other dish that requires one.

Carlo Milono

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Dec 17, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/17/98
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Frayed wrote:
>
> In article <367a52e2...@news.earthlink.net>,


> john...@nospams.earthlink.net (john) wrote:
>
> >sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
> >
> >Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
> >
> >Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?
> >

> >John
> >
>
> I am first generation Italian-American and nobody in my family did/does
> it.
> Karen
>

Ditto. Never was even considered. We only saw it in the movies.

> http://pw2.netcom.com/~frayed/KarenI.htm

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Frayed

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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>sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
>
>Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
>
>Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?
>
>John
>

I am first generation Italian-American and nobody in my family did/does
it.
Karen


http://pw2.netcom.com/~frayed/KarenI.htm

Len Freedman

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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john <john...@nospams.earthlink.net> wrote:
: sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.

: Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?

: Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?

: John

They used to make special silverware for this. The spook had a hole
in the middle and on the fork the two tines in the middle were longer,
so you could stick them through the hole in the spoon.

(Now that I think of it, I saw a battery-operated motorized fork
somewhere! But that was just a joke, I'm pretty sure.)

Hipsters

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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Len wrote:

>>(Now that I think of it, I saw a battery-operated motorized fork
somewhere! But that was just a joke, I'm pretty sure.)<<

Good stocking stuffer gift idea!!

Where does one buy these?

Karen

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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In article <19981217233218...@ng59.aol.com>,

Gee, I've always had a warm place in my heart for those
thermo-nuclear chopstick thingies from Hitch-Hiker's Guide...

Seriously though if one grows up eating pasta every day
ones dexterity with a fork should be sufficient to deal
with all sorts from angel hair to ziti.

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David Hinds

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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Robert Lauriston (rob...@lauriston.com) wrote:

: john wrote:
: >
: > sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
: >
: > Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
: >
: > Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?
:
: I don't think most restaurants in Italy even provide spoons unless you

: order soup or some other dish that requires one.

Can't comment on "most" or what is typical, but I do remember getting
pasta with the spoon at one restaurant in Italy: it was a nice but not
really fancy or expensive place.

-- Dave Hinds

Mike DiNucci

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Dec 18, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/18/98
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I remember that when I was a child, and I finally was
able to eat pasta without using a twirling-spoon, my
grandfather practically shed tears of joy that I was
able to master this skill.

He was very proud that I learned, at a young age, how
to eat spaghetti without the spoon.

Hope that helps.

Mike


john wrote:
>
> sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
>
> Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
>
> Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?
>

> John

Greg

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Dec 19, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/19/98
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Is this old American custom still around? I never
could master it myself.

Greg

Pete Fraser

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Dec 19, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/19/98
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In article <367BD8A8...@aimnet.com>, Greg <kce...@aimnet.com> wrote:

>Is this old American custom still around? I never
>could master it myself.
>

Dis you forget to smear the honey on the knife first?

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Pilgrim

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Dec 19, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/19/98
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In article <pfraser-1912...@dnai-216-15-16-10.dialup.dnai.com>,
pfr...@dnai.com (Pete Fraser) wrote:

Good grief! You bring back memories from scout camp:

I eat my peas with honey; I've done it all my life.
They do taste rather funny, but it keeps them on the knife.

With apologies......

Pilgrim

mulders_notpairnoid_nuff

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Dec 20, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/20/98
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I like to roll as much pasta with the fork using the spoon as the
support, then I try to see if I can cram the massive amount of pasta
into my mouth without getting the sauce on my chin. If I do, I use the
spoon to kind of "scoop" it up off of my chin and into my mouth. Of
course I do this in the privacy of home as I'm presuming this behavior
in public would be faux pas....

*That's what's great about the internet is that one can make a
confessional of such unacceptable behavior without the resulting stigma!


Steve Fenwick

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Dec 21, 1998, 3:00:00 AM12/21/98
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To quote Miss Manners:

"In the civilized world, which includes the United States and Italy, it is
incorrect to eat spaghetti with a spoon. The definition of 'civilized' is
a society that does not consider it correct to eat spaghetti with a
spoon."

(from _Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior_, p.164.)

The full replies are much more humorous, but this reflects the gist of her
reply.

Steve

In article <367a52e2...@news.earthlink.net>,
john...@nospams.earthlink.net (john) wrote:

> sigh...okay so what do the ba.foodies say.
>
> Is this "proper" or psuedo-pretentious ala tea cup pinkie?
>
> Anybody observed spagetti consumption across the Italian class strata?
>
> John

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