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Feb 10, 2012 05:01 PM

Do you serve pasta in bowls or on plates?

Someone mentioned that, except for lasagna, they served pasta in bowls. Unless it is a soup with pasta, I always serve it on dinner plates. So which do you choose, individual bowls or plates, and why?

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  1. I like to serve mine in a fairly shallow bowl with a wide rim - because I move mine around and the slant from the base of the bowl to the rim makes it easier to pick up and not go over and out the side of the bowl.
    The Mister serves his on a dinner plate - he does this twisty-thing with his fork

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    1. re: Rella

      Even though I do the twisty thing, I always serve pasta in shallow bowls. Except lasagne.

      1. re: magiesmom

        Does the bowl you use have a rim? Or is just a given a bowl that pasta is served in does have a rim?

        Though, it seems I've seen some restaurants serve pasta in a rimless bowl - could be my imagination.

        1. re: Rella

          Some of my bowls have rims, some not. We mix and match. But they all are about 8" across. I guess I like the fiesta ware ones best as the different colors look nice with the pasta. I think maybe they are sold as soup bowls. But I have a collection from tag sales, etc, as we actually eat a lot of things out of bowl instead of plates. Pretty much everything that is not a piece of meat.

        2. re: Rella

          It occurred to me that the answer might vary for some based upon kind of pasta--spaghetti vs macaroni.

        3. A bowl as Rella. Keeps it together and warmer . Great when you toss pasta like when I mix in a soft egg. I even warm them/it sometimes. I love pasta.

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          1. re: mscoffee1

            Absolutely, keeps it warmer. That's one of my reasons. Also harder to slosh it off the edge if you use a rimmed bowl instead of a plate.

          2. If there's a side dish like veggies, I use a plate. If it's an all-in-one pasta, I use a bowl.

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            1. I have a set of nicely hand glazed charger-sized plates from Tlalpan that are perfect for pasta, better than bowls.

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              1. re: Veggo

                How are the plates better than bowls? Except for lasagna, I generally prefer heated bowls so that I can swirl the pasta in the sauce, but I don't think it's a big deal. Curious why you would prefer plates.

                1. re: josephnl

                  My special plates have enough depth to hold sauce, and enough rim to hold garlic bread. I prefer to serve my guests a plate of food for dinner. My cat (lower left here) eats dinner from a bowl.

              2. I serve all my pasta in pasta bowls, including lasagna. If I put pasta on a plate for my husband's family, there'd be a riot!

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                1. re: coll

                  Hah... I can relate to that, coll. Only per casa mia it's in the reverse. My family would riot...
                  Pasta bowls it has been from time immemorial.

                  1. re: Gio

                    I had to learn a lot of rules when we got married.....mostly revolving around food.