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Video: Things To Look Out For When Dining Out In Italy

Getting a taste of authentic Italian cuisine right from the source is always a major part of any trip to Italy. After all, Italian food is famous all over the world, and being able to sample the delightful local food is sure to be a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

However, take note that there are several major differences in the way that food establishments are run in this country that could catch you off-guard and cost you quite a bit of money if you’re not careful. So here are some of those things that you need to look out for when dining out in Italy.

In this video we prepared, we’re going to share some important lessons to keep in mind while touring Italy’s restaurants!

  • First of all, don’t sit at a table unless you really must. Is there really a difference between settling down at a table at a restaurant and choosing to stand at the bar?
  • Next, know what those extra charges are. What’s the difference between “pane e coperto” and “serivizio”? When should they be charged or not charged?
  • Speaking of bills, make sure you are given an official receipt. Are there any other types of receipts? What’s the difference and why is it important?
  • Last but not least, there is the issue of tipping. To tip or not to tip, that is the question…


These are just a few tips on eating smart in Italy. Just watch the video and keep these simple reminders in mind, and it can go a long way in helping your Italian vacation be smooth, enjoyable, and hassle-free!

You can also view this presentation as slides in SlideShare! 🙂

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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