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Ordering Food and Drink in Italian

Part of the Italian For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you visit Italy without trying some of the food, you haven't really visited Italy. (You're also probably rather hungry.) The following phrases can come in handy whether you need a bottle of water or you're ordering a lavish Italian dinner:

  • Un cappucccino, per favore. (oohn kahp-pooh-chee-noh pehr fah-voh-reh) (A cappuccino, please.)

  • Un bicchiere di acqua minerale per favore. (oohn bee-kyeh-reh dee ahk-wah meen-eh-rah-leh perh fah-voh-reh). (A glass of mineral water, please.)

  • Mezzo litro d'acqua. (mehdz-zoh lee-troh dahk-wah) (Half a liter of water.) (Generally, you would take this to go, not standing at the bar)

  • Mezzo chilo di pesche, per piacere. (mehdz-zoh kee-loh dee pehs-keh perh pyah-cheh-reh) (Half a kilo of peaches, please.)

  • Quanto viene? (kwahn-toh vyeh-neh) (How much does it come to?)

  • Un gelato di 2 euro, per favore. (oohn geh-lah-toh dee dooh-eh eh-ooh-roh pehr fah-voh-reh) (A 2-Euro size ice cream, please.)

  • Quali gusti? (kwah-lee goohs-tee) (What flavors?)

  • Ci fa il conto, per favore?/Ci porta il conto? (chee fah eel kohn-toh pehr fah-voh-reh/chee pohr-tah eel kohn-toh) (Will you bring us the bill please?)

A Tip about Tipping: You generally do not tip in an Italian restaurant: Italians and Europeans don't. This is nothing to feel guilty about because waiters are well paid and don't rely on or expect tips to round out their salaries as they do in some other countries.

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