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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.
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.