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.