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How to create the perfect dining experience at home

How to create the perfect dining experience at home

Emily Shaw

Italians believe that food should be enjoyed and celebrated through the connection of family and friends. A meal should quite simply never be rushed. Our busy schedules can sometimes interfere with this idea, but it’s important to savour the moment, switch off after a long day and enjoy an indulgent dinner.

Considering socialising is off the cards for now, it’s nice to have something to look forward to in the evenings, and making a few changes to your evening routine could ultimately elevate your overall sense of happiness. Here are some small changes you can try in order to transform your fast-paced evening dinner routine into a valuable part of your day. 

Table setting - Traditional Italian Dining - Scarpetta Pasta

Switch off from technology

With the average adult spending roughly 6 hours a day on their phones, meal times should be used as a break from technology. Set your device aside and enjoy spending quality time with loved ones.

We understand that you may be on your own during these current times, however it is just as important to take this time to reflect on your day and take a break from the stresses of every-day life. Plus, with your attention firmly on your meal, you're far more likely to enjoy it! 

Set the scene 

Every meal time should feel like a special occasion. Even though it may seem unnecessary to set the table and dig out your expensive crockery, do it anyway! Sometimes, it’s the little things that make us smile.

If you’re missing eating out at restaurants, you could light a few candles, arrange a flower bouquet for the table and even create your very own ‘dinner time’ playlist. After all, soft music is the key to a good atmosphere.  

Authentic Italian Table Setting - Scarpetta Pasta

Dedicate an hour or two

In Italy, it’s not uncommon to pause for a few hours and enjoy each meal to thoroughly appreciate the fresh, authentic flavours. More often than not, it can be much easier to eat on-the-go or quickly bolt down your food. This can have a negative effect on your digestive system.

While it can be tricky to allocate at least an hour of your day to enjoying your dinner, try to make the time. It'll be extremely beneficial not only for your health, but your wellbeing too. 

Finishing touches

A bread basket on the table in Italy is actually there to be eaten alongside the food, not as a pre-dinner appetizer. ‘Scarpetta’ means ‘little shoe’ in Italian, which refers to mopping up the sauce at the end of your meal with a piece of bread, because it tastes so good. If you want to embrace some Italian culture at home, why not make yourself your very own bread basket with any leftover bread you may have that is due to go stale. Don’t let it go to waste!

It’s common in Italy to order a caffe after dinner to aid digestion. Quite often, restaurants also like to offer a complimentary digestivo liqueur such as limoncello or sambuca. Why not bring this tradition to your dining table and make yourself a coffee using our Portofino or Vesuvio blend.

Buon appetito!

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