Dining in Italy
Italy Restaurant Guide Where To Eat Mangiare (man-JEEH-reh)
Lunch is usually served between 12:noon - 3:pm
Café / Bar: (info and photos) Start your morning off with breakfast "colozione" (Sicilian) "colazazioni" (koh-lah-tseeh-OH-neeh) with a cup of "Cappuccino" or a variety of "Espresso drinks" and pasties at a café / bar.
Pasticceria / Pastry Shop: (info and photos) You can also have breakfast at a Pasticceria (pah-steeh-cheh-REEH-ah) If they have cafe tables you can enjoy some mouth-watering goodies with your coffee. The most famous and sought after sweet/duci, the "Cannoli".
Gelateria /Ice Cream Shop: (info and photos) Serves homemade ice cream, Gelato (geh-LAH-tooh ) in a variety of scrumptious flavors. Also, don't forget the Spumoni and Lemon Ice. (History of Gelato) Trattoria: (trah-tah-REEH-ah). For lunch - dinner / Pranzo - Cena (PRAHN-zooh / CHEH-nah). Usually a family-run restaurant with home-cooked style meals. The menu will vary depending on what area of Italy you are in. Prices are less expensive than a regular restaurant.
Restaurant : (reeh-stoh-RAHN-teh) is more formal with tablecloths and waiters. The menu has a wider
selection of food to choose from. And of course then you have all those dinner courses.
Autogrill: Rest Stop, roadside snack bar on the Autostrada.
Enoteca: A wine bar featuring local wines you can taste by the glass. You can also purchase by the bottle. Some places sell light snacks to go with the wine.
Osteria: Casual tavern that serves home-made or local wines and food .
Paninoteca: Sandwich bar where sandwiches are made to order.
Tavola Calda (Hot Table) / Snack Bar: :Popular with locals. Serves hot foods cafeteria style. Reasonably priced and good for those who fear ordering “the wrong thing” you can see everything and just point to it.
Rosticceria: Roasted chicken to take-out. Some have tables for eating.
Pizzeria: This may be a take-out or have a few tables. But the pizza will be baked in a real oven.
Pub / Birreria: Like an American or British bar or pub, variety of beers on tap and cocktails and other alcoholic beverages
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