It is no surprise to the Sexy Mother Foodie that dishtowels make fantastic napkins–in fact, we arguably started this trend. Like a burp-cloth for hipsters.
Tea- and dishtowels are thick, absorbent, and for some reason, infinitely cooler that those standard little paper versions.
And if you’re not already doing it, here is how:
It all starts with a brand new teatowel. Fold it thickly and lay it across a plate (preferably made of hand-thrown Japanese crockery set on a reclaimed wood dining table)
Italian trattorias generally use a waffle print with a line running down the middle. French brasseries prefer linen.
By substituting dishtowels for napkins, you have just recreated the neighborhood darling of every first-ring suburb from Brooklyn to Berkeley–right in your own home.
Add a backdrop of exposed brick and just wait for someone to finish the table with cerignola olives, crusty bread, and maybe a goblet or two of Chianti. But if perchance that doesn’t happen, then rest assured that teatowels make take-out pizza seem just a bit more civilized.