Dreaming of heading to Italy on holiday and embracing la dolce vita? Before jetting off on your Italian adventures, be sure to perfect some of these key phrases! Be in the know when ordering food and drinks and impress the locals with some super slick Italiano



Buongiorno | Buona sera

Good morning | Good evening


Un tavolo per… due/tre/quattro… persone

A table for… two/three/four


Uno/due/tre/quattro… spritz per favore

One/two/three/four… spritz please


Un vino rosso/bianco

A glass of red/white wine 


Una bottiglia di vino rosso/bianco della casa

A bottle of house red/white


Una birra

A beer


Un macchiato

A macchiato – this is a small coffee, which is like an espresso with a frothy top


Un caffé (latte) freddo / un caffé (latte) shakerato

A cold (milky) coffee – this is typical in Italy in the summer, and is an iced coffee made with our without milk


Un limoncello

A shot of limoncello – a typical after dinner drink: it’s strong, alcoholic and lemony!


Una granita al limone

An iced lemon slushy drink – this is a typical refreshment during those hot Italian summers


Il menu… del pranzo/della cena

The lunch/dinner menu


Prendo… i bucatini all’amatriciana | gli spaghetti cacio e pepe | gli spaghetti alla puttanesca | le tagliatelle ai frutti di mare

I’ll have…

bucatini all’amatriciana – this is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the centre, cooked with a tomato and ‘guanciale’ sauce (similar flavour to bacon)

spaghetti cacio e pepe – typical in Rome, this is a spaghetti dish made with pecorino cheese and black pepper

spaghetti alla puttanesca – typical in the Naples area, ‘puttanesca’ is sauce made with tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic.

tagliatelle ai frutti di mare – popular along the coast, sea food tagliatelle is always a winner!


Prendo il pesce del giorno

I’ll have the fish of the day


Un trancio di pizza… margherita | prosciutto e funghi | quattro formaggi

A slice of… margherita | ham and mushroom | four cheese… pizza


Prendo l’insalata caprese

I’ll have the tomato and mozzarella salad


Un gelato… alla stracciatella | al pistacchio | alla nocciola

A… chocolate chip | pistachio | hazelnut ice… cream


Il conto per favore

Can I have the bill please?


Dove è… la piazza | la spiaggia | il colosseo?

Where is the… main square | beach | colloseum?



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