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  • if your Italian date asks for permission to do scarpetta during a romantic dinner... he's not talking about playing footsie, much less it is a comment about your shoes.

    (Further information on Wikipedia)

    June 9, 2009

  • Very useful! Is this used as a verb, also?

    June 9, 2009

  • We say fare scarpetta (to do scarpetta).

    June 9, 2009

  • I always do scarpetta, if the sauce is tasty. Why should it be considered rude?

    June 9, 2009

  • Oh, don't listen to them. I do that too.

    Can I do scarpetta if I come to Slovenia, then?

    June 9, 2009

  • My mother has a different term for this, but I've only heard it spoken, never spelled out. It sounds like the Italian word for "soup." Must be her dialect. :-)

    June 9, 2009

  • Absolutely, Pro! I just have to figure out how to say this in Slovene.

    June 9, 2009

  • I think wikipedia might have this arsiversy, at least in the parts of the world where I've lived. It was once forbidden by etiquette, but no longer is. Surely it's not really considered rude in Rome?

    June 9, 2009

  • reesetee: zuppetta? puccia?

    June 10, 2009

  • Growing up, for me, it was considered borderline rude to NOT do it, because you were wasting the sauce/oil. Kids were excepted.

    June 10, 2009