I hate it when I spend a lot of time on a great pasta dish, only to serve it up and have it get cold a few minutes later. That's why I love to start with a pre-warmed bowl. And no, you don't have to warm it in the microwave or oven, it's much simpler than that. To warm a large bowl, put the serving bowl in the sink with the strainer in it. Empty the hot water from the pasta into the bowl, pull the strainer out, dump out the water and pour the pasta into the bowl. The bowl should be steaming hot and your pasta will stay warmer longer. You can also use this technique on individual bowls. I find it easy to use a ladle or measuring cup to take a few scoops for each bowl. It's a simple technique to keep your meal warm enough to enjoy it.