Common Italian Words You'll Need While Dining

Italy is all about good food and enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. If you visit Italy, you'll likely spend quite a bit of time in restaurants or eating. We've put together some helpful phrases to make your meal time a breeze.

After you are seated, the first thing you will be asked is if you want something to drink.

Vorrebbe ordinare da bere? = Would you like to order a drink?

Posso avere un bicchiere d'acqua? = Can I have a glass of water?

Acqua naturale o gassata? = Still or sparkling?

L'acqua naturale va bene = Still water will be fine

Prenderò un succo d'arancia = I'll have an orange juice

Vuole qualcos'altro? = Do you need anything else?

Vino rosso/bianco = Red/white wine

La lista dei vini è alla seconda pagina del suo menù = The wine list is on the second page of your menu

Un quarto di vino da pasto/da tavola = A quarter of your  house wine

 

In Italy the menu is not always brought to the table by the host or hostess, therefore it might take a few minutes before one is actually brought to you. And you just might have to ask for one yourself.

Posso vedere il menu? = Can I see the menu?

 

Waiters in Italy are not always around, they don't work on a tip and therefore they don't act as sales people. So if you're ready to order you just might have to flag one down and ask.

Posso ordinare? = Can I order?

Le piacerebbe iniziare con gli antipasti? = Would you like to start with some appetizers?

Un antipasto, va bene = An appetizer sounds good

Sono in lista sulla prima pagina del menù = They are listed on the first page of the menu

Io sono affamato = I'm hungry

Io sono un po' di fretta = I'm in a little bit of a hurry

Certamente, signore, è pronto per ordinare? = Certainly, are you ready to order, sir?

Oggi abbiamo riso con il pesce per pranzo = Today we have rice and fish for lunch

E che tipo di minestre avete? = And what kind of soup do you have?

minestra di verdure, di pomodoro, con i funghi = vegetable soup, tomato soup and mushrooms soup

zuppa di fagioli = bean soup

spaghetti al ragù -= spaghetti bolognese

spaghetti alla carbonara = spaghetti with bacon and egg

penne all'arrabbiata = pasta in spicey tomato sauce

linguine al pesto = flat noodles with basil sauce

cannelloni = pasta tubes with a bolognese filling

Era veramente buona = It tasted so good

pane = bread

bruschetta = toasted bread with garlic and tomato

Potrei avere un po' di pane? = Could I have some bread?

Questo pane caldo è squisito = This hot bread is delicious

Sto mangiando così tanto pane che sono già sazio = I'm eating so much bread that I'm getting full

sale = salt

pepe = pepper

formaggio = 'cheese' is the literal translation, but if you mean parmesan cheese, you can say "Parmigiano"

Preferisce mangiare carne o pesce? = Do you prefer meat or fish?

Preferisco la carne = I do prefer the meat

bistecca = steak

Vorrei una bistecca al sangue, poco/molto cotta = I would like a rare,  a medium rare/well done steak

bistecca di filetto = fillet steak

filetto al pepe verde = fillet steak with green pepper sauce

Questa bistecca è troppo grassa = This steak has too much fat

Per favore, mi porti una bistecca migliore = Please, bring me a better steak

Salumi misti = selection of cold meats

frutti di mare = selection of seafood

oil =olio

olio d'oliva ( extra vergine) = olive oil

olio di semi = vegetable oil

vinegar = aceto

aceto balsamico = balsamic vinegar

contorno = side order, usually potatoes (patate), French fries (patate fritte), peas (piselli), tomatoes (pomodori), broccoli = (broccoli)

insalata = salad

insalata di pollo = chicken salad

patate in insalata = potato salad

insalata fresca = fresh salad

insalata mista = mixed salad

insalata caprese = tomato and mozzarella salad

Posso avere il conto? = Can I have the bill?

Quant'è? = How much is it?

E' Euro 40.00 = That's 40 Euros

Va tutto bene qui? = Is everything ok here?

Il totale è di E.40.00 = The total comes to 40 Euros

C'e' un errore nel conto = There is a mistake on the bill

Accettiamo carte di credito = We accept credit cards

Frutta: Mela, Arancia, Banana, Fragola, Ciliegia, Kiwi, Pera, Pesca, Anguria, Ananas

Fruit: Apple, Orange, Banana, Strawberry, Cherries, Kiwi, Pear, Peach, Watermelon, Pineapple

Dessert or Dolce, Gelato, Torta = Dessert, Ice Cream, Cake

Il Tiramisù è il mio dolce preferito = Tiramisù is my favourite dessert

Vengo in questo ristorante da anni = I have been coming to this restaurant for years

Le è piaciuto il pranzo? = Did you enjoy your meal?

Era tutto delizioso, grazie = Thanks, it  was all delicious

Faccia i nostri complimenti al cuoco! = send our compliments to the chef!

Le piacerebbe avere il caffè o il tè con il dolce? = Would you like coffee or tea with your dessert?

Prenderemo quattro caffè, per favore = We'll have four coffees, please

Just keep some of these helpful words and phrases in mind the next time you're ordering scrumptious food in Italy!

By Elisa Bressan

 

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Sunday, February 19TH, 2012 by Guest

some of these seem odd syntax compared with most phrase books and language courses.