The luxurious and elegant Restaurant
In Italy, it’s not expensive = tasty. More often the opposite. If possible, always ask the locals where they eat and go to local establishments.
If you want a normally tasty meal in Italy, then you better learn the name of the main dishes and products in Italian.
Cafes and restaurants that have menus in English or Russian are designed for tourists. There is a good chance that the food there is so-so
We were faced with the fact that the prices in the menu in Italian were lower than for the same dishes in the menu in English.
Check the final invoice amount. There was a precedent when we added a couple of euros to the price indicated in the menu. When they pointed out the error to the waitress, they returned the money. This is a trifle, but still unpleasant.
In some restaurants, the bill depends not only on what you ate, but also on where you were sitting: at the bar, at a table by the window, on the terrace. It is rather rare, but it can happen that breakfast will cost as a full meal due to the fact that your table was with a good view.
If before meal you were served palm oil sticks popular in Italy, do not rush to eat them. This is not Mexico, where they give free tacos, and not even Georgia with its pita at the expense of the establishment. Somehow, for joy, we ate one stick, each costing 3 €.
Food is often served bread. Sometimes they take money for him, sometimes they don’t. Italians themselves pour bread with olive oil (it is always present on the table) – it’s more delicious
They charge 2-3 € for water in restaurants, and they can bring it without demand.
Drinks in restaurants cost 2-4 € for a small can of cola or beer, 2-3 € for a bottle of water.
Tips in Italy are included in the bill in most restaurants and cafes and make up 10% of the amount
If you want to eat in a small town, be prepared for the fact that most establishments work from 12:00 to 14:00, after which they close on a siesta from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, then open until 9-22 p.m. An institution working in the middle of the night is not easy to find. Italians dine clearly from 13.00 to 14.30, and dine only in the evening, so if the city is unpopular among tourists, restaurants and cafes will be closed in 90% of cases for several hours during the day.
Italians drink coffee around the clock, but cappuccino – only in the morning. If you plan to pretend to be local, do not drink cappuccino in the afternoon or in the evening – get some sleep 🙂
Bad mussel soup with seaweed
Menu in Italian restaurants
The menu in restaurants in Italy usually consists of several sections.
Antipasti e insalate (snacks and salads)
Antipasti caldi (hot appetizers)
Primi Piati (first courses). In this section you can find pasta, lasagna and risotto. Italians eat pasta of different types for lunch every day. For them, this is the first dish.
Secondi carne (meat dishes)
Secondi pesce (second courses of fish and seafood)
**** This will end my story. If you know dishes of Italian cuisine that you should definitely try in their historical homeland, please write in the comments. And I, and other travelers who will one day find this article before traveling to Italy, will be immensely grateful for your advice!
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