There are many things we are missing about travel to Italy.
One of those things is the passion of the Italian people. A trait which is beautifully displayed in this TikTok video, which has been liked by over 2.4 million people.
Upon further investigation it seems that Italians really do take a strong stance on breaking pasta before putting it in the pot.
As Italian baker Carolina Garofani says to Slate, “Let me explain this from the double viewpoint of being both Italian and a cook … the reason why you should not break pasta is that it’s supposed to wrap around your fork.
“That’s how long pasta is supposed to be eaten. You rotate your fork, and it should be long enough to both stick to itself and get entangled in a way that it doesn’t slip off or lets sauce drip from it. The pasta must be cooked right to allow the sauce to stick to it, and the sauce should be thick enough to both stick to the pasta and not drip, splatter, or dribble.