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EATING OUT
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IT IS POSSIBLE TO FIND ALL TYPES OF RESTAURANTS IN ITALY.
THERE ARE RISTORANTE, TRATTORIA AND OSTERIA. RISTORANTE
USUALLY STANDS FOR THE LARGER ESTABLISHMENTS, TRATTORIA IS
THE FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT AND OSTERIA IS THE NOT SO COMMON
RESTAURANT. MEALS ARE SERVED AT :LUNCH - 12.30 - 3.00P.M. AND
DINNER FROM 7.30P.M. - MIDNIGHT. IT WOULD BE WISE TO BOOK A
TABLE IN ADVANCE.

TYPICAL MEALS
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BREAKFAST: CONSISTS OF ESPRESSO OR CAPPUCCINO WITH FOAMING
MILK AND SPRINKLED WITH CHOCOLATE, TOAST OR A SWEET ROLL. THE
HOT CHOCOLATE IS ALSO GOOD.

LUNCH:TAVOL CALDA OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SNACK-BARS, SERVE
SANDWICHES AND HOT OR COLD DISHES. SANDWICHES WILL BE MADE TO
ORDER AT THE PIZZCHERIO DELICATESSEN.

DINNER: PASTA DISHES AND PIZZA ARE AVAILABLE ALMOST EVERY
WHERE BUT TRADITIONAL DISHES VARY FROM REGION TO REGION. SOME
COMMON DISHES ARE: TONNO - TUNA FISH WITH WHITE BEANS AND
ONIONS; MIXED SEAFOOD HORS D'OEUVRE ANTIPASTO DI MARE
CONSISTING OF SCAMPI, PRAWNS, MUSSELS, SARDINES, SQUID AND
OCTOPUS.

SOUPS
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MINESTRONE IS A MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP AND BRODO A CLEAR SOUP
WITH AN EGG BEATEN IN TO IT.

PASTA
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ITALIANS PREFER WHEN YOU HAVE PASTA AS AN ENTREE AND WILL BE
DISAPPOINTED IF YOU MAKE A WHOLE MEAL OF SPAGHETTI. SOME
COMMON DISHES ARE: LASAGNE, CANNELLONI, RAVIOLI, TORTELLINI,
CAPPELLITTI, TAGLIATELLE AND SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE.
MEAT
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VEAL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAT IN ITALY. COSTOLETTA IS PAN
FRIED CUTLET IN BREADCRUMBS. VITELLA TONNATO - VEAL IN A TUNA
FISH SAUCE, FIORENTINA VEAL IN SPINACH SAUCE AND OSSO BUCO IS
STEWED VEAL SHIN-BONE.

FISH
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MOST FISH IS GRILLED, FRIED OR STEAMED. SPECIALITIES ARE SEA
BASS, RED MULLET, ANGLER FISH AND SWORDFISH.

VEGETABLES
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MUSHROOMS ARE POPULAR AND OFTEN SERVED STUFFED WITH BACON,
GARLIC AND PARSLEY AND COVERED WITH CHEESE. PEPPERS,
TOMATOES, AUBERGINES AND BABY ONIONS ARE ALSO COMMON.

CHEESE
OF COURSE ITALY'S MOST FAMOUS CHEESE IS THE PARMESAN. THE
ITALIANS OFTEN EAT THIS SEPARATELY AND NOT JUST GRATED OVER
PASTA DISHES OR SOUP. GORGONZOLA AND PROVOLONE ARE ALSO
COMMON. PROVOLONE OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BUFFALO CHEESE. OTHERS
ARE FONTINA, PECORINO AND RICOTTA.

DESSERT
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GELATI, IN OUR LANGUAGE ICE-CREAM IS A MUST AND NOT JUST ANY
ORDINARY ICE-CREAM, BUT THE CREAMIEST IN THE WORLD. OTHER
FAVOURITES ARE COFFEE TRIFLE, ZABAGLIONE OR FRESH FRUIT
SALAD.

TYPICAL DRINKS
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RED WINE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED IN ITALY, ESPECIALLY IN THE
REGIONS OF FLORENCE, SIENNA AND TUSCANY. A GOOD CHIANTI
WHITE WINE IS TREBBIANO. CAMPARI AND PUNT E MES ARE COMMON
APERITIFS. AN ANIS-FLAVOURED DRINK CALLED SAMBUCA WITH A
COFFEE BEAN FLOATING IN IT IS A MUST.

POPULAR CITIES:
ROME | MILAN | VENICE | TURIN | VERONA
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