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How to recognise cutlery

The pleasure of setting the table with love and style, brings you to choose your accessories carefully for a table setting that reflects your creativity.

How to recognise cutlery

Types of forks

Discover the beauty and pleasure of cooking with the different types of elegant and versatile forks. Perfect for any dish, Sambonet forks will add a touch of class to your culinary experience.


How to put forks at the table

There are different types of fork and whatever dish we are talking about, they should always be placed to the left of the plate. Except for the dessert fork, which should instead be placed on top.

Different types of forks:

A cutlery service usually consists of several forks, each carefully designed and made to handle different types of food. The different fork sizes and shapes are suitable for any dish, from salads and roasts to fruits and desserts.

Sambonet offers a wide range like:

  • table fork: this is the main fork, about 20 cm long. There can be two of them for changing dishes;
  • dessert fork: about 14-15 centimetres long, it has three prongs and is somewhat smaller than the appetiser;
  • cake fork: it has the same dimensions as a dessert fork, from which it differs in having only three prongs, the outer one of which is wider than the others so that it can serve as a knife for sectioning the cake;
  • fruit fork: smaller than the table fork (measuring approximately 17-18 cm), it is designed together with the knife and fruit spoon, for eating fruit and hors d'oeuvres;
  • fish fork: it is the same size (measuring approximately 17-18 cm) and sometimes even has the same shape as a normal fork, slightly flattened with a more hollowed-out central space It is wider than an appetiser fork and depending on the type of fish, its appearance may be different;
  • oyster fork: fork of small dimensions (measuring approximately 14-15 cm), spoon-shaped ending in three or four short pointed prongs.

Types of spoons

The spoon is an essential tool at the table. Whether for serving and transferring food from the serving plates to our plates or for eating: whether it is soups, cereals, desserts or any other food, you will find the right shape for every need.


How to place spoons

The soup spoon is always on the right-hand side of the plate with the concave side facing upwards. Setters should remember that if no soup is being served, the spoon should not be on the table.

Different types of spoons:

With a wide range to choose from, each spoon is specially made to meet a specific need. With Sambonet's wide range, you can discover the most practical and luxurious way to enjoy an espresso after dinner or stir an iced tea.

Sambonet offers a wide range like:

  • table spoon: with a handle about 20 cm long, it is used for eating soups but also for serving dishes;
  • risotto spoon: it is an excellent cutlery for serving your rice in style. A wide and handy cutlery, also ideal for some desserts such as tiramisu;
  • soup spoon: the edge spoon has a slightly rounded shape, a shorter handle (only 16 cm) and a smaller cup than the table spoon;
  • moka spoon: spoons of reduced shape (approximately 11 cm long) suitable for use in cups and small glasses;
  • tea spoon: it is a classic, medium-sized spoon (approximately 13 cm), with a concave belly;
  • dessert spoon or fruit spoon: it is smaller than a table spoon, but larger than a tea spoon (measuring approximately 18 cm). Oval in shape, it holds approximately the same amount of food as two teaspoons.
  • sugar spoon: intermediate in size between a dessert spoon and a teaspoon, it has the special feature of having either a lobed hollow, similar to a seashell, or a semi-cylindrical hollow, so that the contents do not spill out.

Types of knives

No cutlery set is complete without a sturdy knife. From table knives to a good fish knife or a solid butter knife, Sambonet brings class, quality and beauty to the table.


How knives are placed at the table

The list of existing knives would be very long, because there are so many shapes and for different purposes. Sambonet offers both the most commonly used ones and the most sought-after shapes for special dishes.


With a wide range to choose from, each knife is specially made to meet a specific need. With Sambonet's wide range, you can discover the most practical and luxurious way to enjoy your meal.

Sambonet offers a wide range like:

  • table knife: this is the main knife, about 20 cm long. There can be two of them for changing dishes;
  • fruit/dessert knife: smaller than the table knife (measuring approximately 17-18 cm), it is designed, together with the fork and fruit spoon, for eating fruit and hors d'oeuvres;
  • fish knife: usually smaller in size than the table knife, this knife is not sharpened and is equipped with a paddle edge that allows filleting and separating the tender fibres of the fish;
  • carving knife: all-purpose knife with a tough blade and perfect sharpness, the chopper chef's knife is the king of the kitchen;
  • butter knife: similar to a dessert knife and slightly smaller in size than a normal table knife (measuring approximately 19 cm) S i s distinguished from the others by its rounded tip and flat blade. At the top of the blade there is a small groove that allows butter to be curled;
  • cheese knife: knife equipped with very sharp blades and a double tip useful to easily cut through the cheese rind before the actual cutting;
  • panettone knife: knife large (measuring approx. 32 cm) with a long (approx. 20 cm) and serrated blade that allows clean cuts.

Tips to set the perfect table

Setting the table well is a sign of refinement and bon ton, a testimony to the attention to detail that hosts are willing to pay when receiving guests. Given the many types of cutlery seen and explored so far, it is not always easy to find the right position for everything, and since harmony is the peculiarity that etiquette requires for correct table setting, read all our advice.
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