Coast Cooking

Pasta plated perfectly for a picture

A plate of pasta and sauce can be a difficult thing to present in a beautiful way.

A simple idea in plating and in food photography is that sometimes “pieces” look better than the whole.

A great example is a pizza. A whole pizza really doesn’t make much of a statement, but a slice of pizza, with cheese dribbling off, can look absolutely delicious.

In this photo, and it is one of mine, a twirl of pasta, a garnish of sauce and bit of green herb in the background makes for a great image and plate. Believe it or not, I served this as an appetizer, each person getting just one fair-size bite already mounted on a fork, to get things started off right in an Italian-themed meal.