Guide to Dining in Italy

 

Here’s a quick guide to dining  in Italy

Traditional Italian meals are broken into four courses: antipasto, Primo, secondo, and dolce. Most classic ristoranti will expect you to order at least antipasto and secondo or primo and secondo courses. Pasta is usually served during the primo or “soup and pasta” course Since it precedes the secondo (or main course) portion sizes are much smaller than in the US.

DIning al Fresco in Taormina

DIning al Fresco in Taormina

Fresh Italian Bread

Fresh Italian Bread

Tipping
The tip is usually included in the coperto or “bread and service” charge, which is later divided among the restaurant staff. If you enjoyed your dinner, be sure to leave a small additional tip.

Terms:

Ristorante: High prices and mostly upscale.
Trattoria: A step down from a ristorante and more moderately priced.
Osteria: Humble establishments that are characterized by simplicity.
Taverna: Similar to an osteria. A lower-priced trattoria.
Pizzeria: Where pizza prevails.
Enoteca: A wine bar
Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com
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