What Is the Dining Experience Like in Italy?

A dining experience in Italy is quite different from anywhere else in the world. Here are a couple of tips you should know before you go.



  • Waiters and waitresses leave you alone. In America, restaurant staff want you in and out. In Italy, expect to be at dinner for at least 2 ½ – 3 hours.
  • When you need something at a restaurant, you’ll have to ask for it. Otherwise the staff assume you have everything you need.
  • Most restaurants include tip in the bill. Be sure to look for “Coperto” added on your final receipt.
  • Many bars require that you pay for your drink and get a receipt before they pour you a drink.
  • Dress in airy clothing like cotton or linen. Most restaurants don’t have air conditioning.
  • Foods are grown locally.
  • If a restaurant advertises “Organic” foods, it’s most likely a hoax. Majority of the foods in Italy are organic.


Be sure to also read my article about what to foods to expect in Italy here.

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