If a person claims they are finished eating, but their plate is drenched in sugo, are they really finished? The quick answer? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Fare la scarpetta translates to “make the little shoe” and is an essential part of the meal! It refers to using bread to scoop up the leftover sauce on your plate.
Many believe that this ritual began in Venice. However, Northern Italians generally did not eat bread with their pasta so it may have originated elsewhere.
Many consider this ritual to be the most satisfying part of the meal. Furthermore, it sure makes whoever cooked the sugo feel good knowing that you ate every last bite!
So if you do not do so yet, please…Fare la scarpetta!