When I really enjoy a meal, especially one with a delectable sauce, I always use a piece of bread to clean the plate. I consider it me giving a complement to the chef when I get every last morsel off like that. This was pretty much a learned behavior on my part, something everyone in my family just did.

I didn’t realize though that there was a term for it in Italian: “scarpetta”, meaning “little shoe”.

I really do love having a rich heritage that celebrates food so much. 🙂

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3 Responses to Scarpetta

  1. karmadrome says:

    Coool. I didn’t know that either. We just called it “sopping bread” which, I am sure, is evidence of my rich southern heritage. *sigh*

  2. redstapler says:

    My uncle calls the sauce “yoyoch.”

    I’m not even sure if it’s a real word, but man, his dishes have some supremely bread-worthy yoyoch.