Dining in Italy
- Categories of Restaurant
- Restaurants can just as easily be quite economical as very expensive. Each one has its specialties according to region and type.
- Restaurants - Trattorie
- They are more typical and may be family- run.
- You can find pizzerias all over Italy; usually a pizza is cheap and satisfactory.
- Rules For Eating Out
- Restaurants generally open at 12 noon for lunch and at 7pm for dinner. You ask for the bill and pay after the meal.
|Economy Meal||about 10€|
|Medium Price Meal||15-20€|
|Good Quality Meal||over 20€|
- Food Specialties
Italian cuisine enjoys great international renown and is well-known for its use of olive oil and for its pasta.
Hors d'oeuvres :
Antipasti : this is the traditional hors-d'oeuvre, vegetables marinated in olive oil (artichokes, aubergines, mushrooms, olives, peppers, dried tomatoes, etc.).
Typical dishes: marinated aubergines, aubergines Parmigiana (Melanzane alla parmigiana : aubergines baked with Parmesan and mozzarella), asparagus with Parmigiano Reggiano, broccoli alla romana, scalopina alla milanese (veal escalopes), pizza, risotto alla milanese (risotto is served as a starter but it can become a main dish. It is a round-grained rice flavored with saffron).
Pasta: Lasagne, spaghetti, ravioli...
Desserts : Tiramisu, Zabaione (Zabaglione) and Italian ice-creams.
There is a wide variety of cheeses in Italy such as gorgonzola, Parmesan, mozzarella, mascarpone, ricotta and many others.
Italian wines are well-known abroad. They are named according to region of origin and type of grape.
The most famous is Chianti from Tuscany. In the Rome region, the greatest wines are Frascati and Albano. In the Valle d'Aosta it is Barolo ; Valpolicella in the Veneto ; PinotBianco and PinotGrigio (white wines) ; Cabernet and PinotNero (red wines) in Friuli-Venezia ; and Chianti, Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello in Tuscany.
The most well-known aperitifs are Campari and PunteMes ; among the liqueurs there are Amaretto, Limoncello, Grappa and Strega.
Italians enjoy drinking a coffee or a cappucino in a bar, usually in a hurry. Young people like going to bars in the afternoon for a tea or an aperitif. You can find plenty of bars, wine bars, pubs, etc. ready to serve aperitifs from 6pm until dinner time.
- Dietary Restrictions
- There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
- Table Manners
- When you go into a restaurant, you must wait for the waiter (or waitress) to seat you. You sit at a table and you always eat with cutlery. You wait for the waiter to change the plates and ask if you want anything else. At the end of the meal, you ask for the bill, which you pay at the table or directly at the cash desk.
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