3. Spaghetti without ketchup
Sprinkling spaghetti with ketchup is bad form: in Italy it is used at best as a condiment for french fries. Spaghetti is served with marinara – a red sauce made from fresh tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano. In general, in Italian cuisine, a sauce is a complete dish that requires special attention, and an incomprehensible mass from a tube is simply not capable of replacing it.
4. Fruits for dessert
It is customary in Italy to finish a meal not with sweets, but with fruits: here they are considered not a light snack, but a full-fledged dessert. Locals treat sweets rather reservedly, and on weekdays they confine themselves to cookies or a bun for breakfast. Cakes and pastries are a decoration of the festive table, and not an everyday yummy.
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Food for Italians is perhaps the main pleasure in life, from which nothing should distract. You can only combine eating with a leisurely table conversation or watching TV running in the background. But answering the phone is considered impolite: everyone knows the schedule of lunches and dinners, and a decent person will not call anyone during these sacred hours. In extreme cases, you can leave the table with the phone and end the conversation as soon as possible. Putting the phone on the table and looking at it from time to time is also bad manners: it is better to leave it in your bag or pocket. And even more so, do not take pictures while eating.