Meals in Italy
Meals in Italy
Italy breakfast can range from breads and jam to a huge buffet of meats,
cheeses, cereals, breads, eggs, juice and coffee.
love coffee! You can enjoy it any time of the day, but you will want to
know what you are ordering, so here are some basics.
caffé-is espresso (a shot of coffee)
caffé Americano-is espresso diluted with water (similar to
traditional American coffee)
caffé freddo-is sweet and iced espresso
cappuccino-is espresso with a little milk
caffé latte-is espresso with lots of milk
caffé hag-is decaf espresso
Nescafe-is instant coffee in a packet with hot water
Italians have cappuccino only in the morning. They drink espresso (caffé)
later in the day.
in Italy is served from about 12:30 PM until about 4:00 PM. There are a
variety of options for places to eat. Rosticcerie or paninoteca
are small establishments that offer foods to go, such as fresh made sandwiches
that you can select from a case, prepared salads, or thick square slices of
pizza or focaccia. Trattoria or tavola calda
offer a sit down experience with hot dishes or pizza. Finally you can
consider a build-your-own picnic bought from the alimentarri, a one-stop
corner grocery store, or the supermercato. (You probably know
enough Italian to figure that one out.)
in Italy is like the hamburger in the States. (Over one billion served!)
But they are a little different than those served at your local pizza parlor.
They are made with a thin crust and although they are about 10” in size they
are meant to be for one person. (Only the ugly American orders one to
share.) You do not order a pizza and then pick your toppings. Each
pizza has a name and that determines what is on the pizza. If an
ingredient is not listed, it is not on the pizza (including cheese). Here
are a few options to consider:
sauce and mozzarella
sauce, oregano and garlic but no cheese
formaggi- four cheeses
stagioni-a different topping on each of the four quarters
ham and mushrooms but may also contain some greens
Thon-tuna, often with the addition of capers or egg slices
In Italian, pepperoni means small very hot
peppers. You will want to order salami or diavola if you want
something like the American style pepperoni. Also when your pizza
comes, it will not be sliced. You can cut as you go.
is like a late night feast in Italy. Ristorante (the finest eating
establishments in Italy) start opening at 8:00P.M. and don’t become busy until
after 9:30 P.M.
menu, la lista, is loaded with courses, but you do not have to order them
all. Listed below are the names of each course and an idea of what you
(appetizers) might be bruschetta (grilled garlic bread with
chopped tomato) or fresh mozzarella with melon.
Piatto (the first plate) is most often pasta but could easily be a
bowl of soup. If you ordered antipasti, you may decide to order this
course as your main dish, or skip it and move on.
Piatto (the second plate) is a main dish such as meat or fish; this
is often the most expensive part of the meal and is usually served a la carte.
Sometimes a vegetable is served with this dish but more often than not you must
order side dishes separately.
(desert) is very rich in Italy. Try the tiramisu, gelati or crème
TIP: Italians are known for their gelato (ice cream). It tastes more like a frozen sherbet than ice cream. The real difference is that it is made with milk instead of cream. Gelaterias are open all day and late into the evening, and a nice stroll after a meal with gelato in hand can be a memorable event.
can order pasta as your main dish, your appetizer or skip it all together.
Usually the pasta serving is not as large as you would see at home. Here
are a few pasta dishes and sauces you may see on the menu. Enjoy!
ed olio- This simple dish of pasta, garlic and oil is wonderful.
Tomato, garlic and chili peppers. Can be very hot!
Bacon or sausage with tomatoes, onion and peppers.
This is your typical meat sauce usually with tomatoes.
Seafood, tomatoes, garlic and oil.
Egg, pancetta (bacon) and cheese (often goat cheese).
di mare- Seafood.
alla Romana- Small dumplings served with tomatoes or butter.
e Fieno- Green/natural noodles, mushrooms, cream, ham and peas.
e Fagioli- Pasta and beans often with some vegetables.
Tomato sauce, usually no meat.
Pasta with fresh spring vegetables.
(prostitute) A woman can attract any man with this flavorful dish of
garlic, tomatoes, olives, capers, peppers, oregano and anchovies.
formaggi- Four cheese sauce.
Vongole- Clams, tomatoes and garlic. May be on the pasta menu but only have a small amount of pasta, clams are the treat here.
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