Italian cooking is a sacred ceremony that follows precise rituals that cannot be trifled with. the liturgy is accomplished with preliminary gestures involving the preparation of the dishes and ends the moment everything on the plate is not finished, until the plate is as clean as when it was put on the table. The last important step is the “scarpetta,” which consists of a simple gesture such as scooping up gravy or oil that seasoned the dish with a piece of bread. A point of closure on the meal, seemingly inelegant but also authorized by Etiquette.
Seeing the dish being cleaned up has a relaxing effect and there is a place to experience this emotion even without sitting at the table, namely The Italian Scarpetta Instagram profile, featured in this edition of All for the Gram.
There are no tomato pastas or dressed salads that do not leave room for one last piece of bread to be sunk into the sauce or oil. The gesture is very simple; however, the origin of the term is unknown; there are those who associate the bread with the image of the shoe stepping on everything, while others refer to the term “scarsetta,” which links the gesture to poverty and thus to a modest and essential type of meal.
The posts on The Italian Scarpetta show first the final moment of the scarpetta, but also the initial dish, for a kind of tribute to an experience that began well and is to be concluded with the final tribute.