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
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
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
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?
Don’t stop there – take a look at our upcoming Italian courses at IH London and get ready for your trip!