Fork, spaghetti and a king: the revolutionary invention of Ferdinand IV

by Federica Russo

Spaghetti + Fork with 4 points for Federica Russo-ByLisa90EM

If you have ever found yourself eating sushi surely you will remember, the first time you did it, there difficulty in using the chopsticks. And almost certainly in your mind you would have wanted to invoke that much practice for help fork, such a usual element of our lives that it almost gives itself up for discounted has always existed.

In fact this object, at least as we know it today, was invented towards the end of  XVIII century from Gennaro Spadaccini, chamberlain of the court of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon.

Historically, the first appearance of forks dates back to greeks and ai Latin, which flanked them to silver thimbles used to avoid burning your fingers during meals.

forksAfter collapse of the Roman Empire this object fell into disused in Europe, while maintaining its use inOttoman Empire. Later they were the Venetians to unearth the forks, which they had two or three prongs (technical word to call the tips).

But almost 800 years after, they definitely turned out impractical to eat the favorite dish of the king of the two Sicilies: spaghetti.

The traditional recipe that associates this pasta with tomato began to circulate on the tables around the second half of 1600, after the import of this condiment from the new continent: theAmerica.

Initially, however, the dish was relegated to  consumption ofpopulace': it was indeed uncomfortable e inconvenient eat these long strands of pasta with your hands in an official lunch, and the two-pronged forks, which were also very more long of the current ones, they could not get the aristocracy to maintain a certain degree decor in the presence of foreign princes and papal ambassadors.

In addition, the nobles were reluctant to abandon that abundance of tablecloths, napkins and ablutions that constituted a real one lunch ritual.

But King Ferdinand not he absolutely wanted to give up the tasty dish which was spreading in those years and charged his chamberlain to find one solution.

He began to think about what to do and had an intuition which solved all the problems: shortened the prongs and the length of the fork itself, he put four tips to ensure that the spaghetti could twist better and yield them less pointed, in order to make them safer to approach the mouth.

So, almost three centuries ago, began thetimeless success spaghetti, which surely owe a little of their fortune to theirs as well faithful companion.

-Federica Russo
The beautiful drawing is by Lisa Mocciaro

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