In Venice, I ordered strozzapreti with seafood.
The sauce, with bright parsley in hearty fish broth was my favorite bit.
I politely stared at my empty plate and waited patiently for Jimmy to finish his meal.
And when I could not stand it any longer, I had to fare la scarpetta.
“Fare la scarpetta” translates literally to “make a little shoe.” It refers in practice to cleaning your plate with a bit of bread.
If you want to dine like an Italian, tear off a small piece of bread and sop up all your sauce. Your finger is the leg, propelling your “little shoe” of bread along the saucy dish.
It is the closest you can come to (politely) licking your plate, and a ritual that any lover of pasta sauce should adopt.
To be honest, it is usually reserved for tomato sauce pastas, but I am a rule breaker and enjoy my scarpetta with many flavors.