Eating etiquette from around the world

While you are enjoying a favorite slice of pizza at your favorite Mamma’s Pizza location, it might interest you to know that different people have different practices for eating their favorite foods around the world. Although some of these practices might seem a little strange to us here in North America, it’s best to keep an open mind and to appreciate the differences that other people enjoy.

For example, although your mother and father might tell you not to slurp your food if you do it at the dinner table, it’s quite often seen as an appreciative sign in Japan. This is especially true when it comes to noodles in soup and the Japanese love to slurp right out of the bowl as a sign of gratefulness to the chef.

In other parts of the world it is considered unclean to eat with your left hand. In parts of Africa and the Middle East people only eat with their right hands and that is considered the normal practice there.

If you ever find yourself enjoying food in France, make sure not to offer to split the bill at the end of the meal. It’s considered the height of rudeness and etiquette suggests that you either up offer to pay for the whole thing or let someone else take it.