Dining in Italy


Italians are sociable and family-oriented, so it follows that dining is more than just refuelling. Almost any meal can readily become a celebration. While most locals like to eat in their own homes there are many options if they wish to eat out.

Azienda: a farm shop selling products made on the property.

Bar/caffe: as the name implies, serve beer and drinks, but usually also make coffee and serve small bar snacks.

Birreria: a bar-café in the northern and central areas.

Enoteca: a wine bar or bottle shop where snacks may or may not be served.

Locanda: similar to a wine bar, quite often with outdoor tables, or a terrace.

Osteria: evolved from an inn serving food, now friendly, relaxed places serving regional food.

Paninoteca: a sandwich shop open in business hours.

Pizzeria: makes pizza, of course, usually in a wood-fired oven in full view or the customers.

Ristorante: a licensed restaurant, with waiters serving the full Italian menu, and higher prices than other eating places.

Tavola caldo: satisfying 'hot table' food served cafeteria style.

Trattoria: a relaxed dining spot, often family-run, like a café in other countries.

Most restaurants charge coperta, a sort of 'cover charge' which includes the 'complimentary' pre-meal bread. Service (servizio) may be extra, or included, so check the bill. Tipping is not mandatory, but always appreciated.


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