Italian restaurants – simple and tasteful
Italy is generally considered one of the unsurpassed countries because of its color, its cuisine, its traditions, its temperament, fiery music, the smell of freedom and the mixing of moods.
All Italians have a passion for life in their traditional menu. Therefore, restaurants in Italy rightfully carry the title of the best on the Mediterranean coast, attracting the attention of tourists. At first glance, Italian cuisine is simple, since it is mainly used in the preparation of vegetables, cheese and dough. But on how many dishes can be prepared from these simple ingredients, the restaurant’s eyes widen.
Usually in Italy, antipasti is served for lunch. It can be cheese, meat, fish plates, as well as bread, fried in garlic (bruschetta). You will be advised to try vegetables, such as stuffed tomatoes. Each dish cannot be said to be cheap; the price for them ranges from 10 to 13 euros.
The first dishes in Italian restaurants are represented by small dumplings called tortellini. They are served in broth. You will also be offered a choice of spaghetti (tagliatelle) with seasonings and sauces, risotto, soup with vegetables (minestrone). For such dishes you will have to pay no more than 18 euros.
As a second menu, fish and meat dishes are indicated. Moreover, fish here is more expensive than meat, the price of which reaches 25 euros. Side dishes in the restaurants of Italy are called offices; they are served immediately for main dishes. It can be fried vegetables or just salads, the price of which is 7-8 euros.
Describing the menu in Italian restaurants, you can not get past the pizza, it is always indicated in a separate section. Pizza, which is prepared for the client, is marked “al forno”, which means “right from the oven”. This is exactly what real Italian pizza is. Thawed pizza is also available; it is usually cheaper.
Non-alcoholic drinks here can be bought for 3 euros, wine 7-11 euros per glass, but beer is only 5 euros. Fresh juices are more expensive than bottled, about 5 euros. The desserts offered by Italian restaurants are varied: tiramisu, panna cat, fruit, ice cream, Macedonia (yogurt fruit salad).
After you have lunch, you will be offered delicious coffee, which is traditionally drunk in Italy after a delicious hearty dinner. Italians also like to have a croissant with coffee before work in the morning. Coffee can be bought for 2 euros, but in crowded places it can “jump” in value up to 5 euros.
Coffee is the second “love” among Italians after pizza and pasta, it has many traditions. Some catering establishments offer their regular visitors coffee passes when you can pay for 11 coffee as for 10.
Do not forget about special taxes in restaurants, like a table fee (copy). It is about 3 euros from the “nose”, and is included in the total amount in the invoice. But this fee must be indicated in the menu. If you see an inscription at a cafe or a restaurant “Without a Copper”, be aware that the owner of the establishment has removed this tax from the bill.
If you open the menu and see two prices, then the first is for those who eat at the bar, and the second is for those who sit in the hall, including the copert.
Some catering establishments offer an economy menu especially for tourists. In this situation, you can eat up to 18 euros for lunch per person. But it is most profitable to eat in pizzerias with the “wrap with you” function. As a rule, there are no tables in them, therefore, a copy is not taken. Here you can buy pizza with a drink, and eat somewhere on the street near the fountain or in a shade under the trees on a bench. So many do. In tourist places, the indicated prices may be slightly higher.