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In this lesson you will learn some useful phrases to order food at the restaurant.

At the restaurant: getting a table

When you enter an Italian restaurant, make sure to use the right Greeting first.
The following sentences can help you when it comes to getting a table.

 Italian

English

Cliente
Customer
Avete un tavolo libero per x persone?Is a table for x people available?
Cliente
Customer
Ho riservato un tavolo a nome (nome)I reserved a table under the name (name)
Waiter
Cameriere
Ha prenotato?Do you have a reservation?
Waiter
Cameriere
Mi dispiace, tutti i tavoli sono prenotati.I am sorry, we are full.
Waiter
Cameriere
Quante persone siete?How many people are you?

 

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Ordering food and drinks in Italian

Il cameriere (The waiter) or La cameriera (the waitress) will now take your order.

ItalianEnglish
E' pronto ad ordinare?Are you ready to order?
Ha già scelto?Have you already chosen?
Cosa desidera mangiare/bere?What would you like to eat/drink?
Cosa posso portarle da mangiare/bere?What can I bring you to eat/drink?
Vuole anche il dolce?Would you also like a dessert?

 

If you are ready to order, just say your order introduced by Vorrei...(I would like) or Per me...(For me) or Io prendo...(I'll have) and the Food or drink you want.
Don't forget to politely add per favore (please)!

If you aren't ready yet, these sentences can be useful.

ItalianEnglish
Un attimo, per favoreOne moment, please
Ci devo pensare su ancora un momentoI'll think about it some more
Non ho ancora decisoI haven't decided yet
Cosa mi consiglia?What do you recommend?
Qual è il piatto del giorno?What is the daily special?
Avete dei piatti vegetariani?Do you have any vegetarian dishes?

Useful words at the restaurant (fork, spoon, glass, salt, pepper)

The next set of sentences can be useful while you eat.

ItalianEnglish
Mi scusi, può portarmi una forchetta/un cucchiaio/un tovagliolo?Excuse me, can you bring me a fork/a spoon/a napkin?
Può portarmi un'atra bottiglia d'acqua per favore?Could you bring me another bottle of water, please?


The following words can be useful at the restaurant.

ItalianEnglish
Il piattoThe plate
La forchettaFork
Il cucchiaioSpoon
Il cucchiainoTeaspoon
Il coltelloKnife
Il bicchiereGlass
Lo stuzzicadentiToothpick
Il tovaglioloNapkin
Il saleSalt
Il pepePepper
L'olioOil
Il menùMenu
La manciaTip

 

Asking for the bill in Italian

You're finished with your meal and it's time to pay.
Use the following sentences.

ItalianEnglish
Può portarmi il conto per favore?Could you bring me the bill please?
Posso avere il conto?Can I have the bill please?
Il conto, per favore.The bill, please
Posso pagare con carta/in contanti?Can I pay with card/with cash?
Possiamo avere un conto separato?Can we have separete bills?

Menu of an Italian restaurant

At the restaurant or on special occasions, like on Chirstmas or Easter, this menù is followed.

  1. L'antipasto (Starter): something light to start the meal;
  2. Il primo (First dish): it's always pasta or something similar, like lasagne;
  3. Il secondo: (Second dish): it could be compared to the Main Dish in English, as it includes meat and vegetables;
  4. La frutta (Fruit);
  5. Il dolce (Dessert);
  6. Il caffé (Coffee);
  7. Il digestivo (The digestif): a liquor to end the meal.

Another important Italian tradition is l'aperitivo (happy hour) before lunch and especially before dinner, from 6 to 8 pm.
The most important drinks are Spritz, Martini, and white and red wines. They are usually served with some chips, popcorns, olives, little sandwiches, little pizzas.

To know more about Italian food, visit our page: Food names in Italian.

Daily dialogue

Take a look at the following dialogues.

Dialogue 1

 ItalianEnglish
Cameriere
Waiter
Buonsera, avete prenotato?Good evening, do you have a reservation?
MarcoNo, non abbiamo prenotato.No, we didn't reserve.
Cameriere
Waiter
Quanti siete?How many people are you?
MarcoSiamo in 3.We are with 3.
Cameriere
Waiter
Abbiamo un tavolo libero da 3! Venite, da questa parte.We have a free table for 3 people. Follow me, this way.
Cameriere
Waiter
Siete pronti per ordinare?Are you ready to order?
MarcoSì, io vorrei una pizza margherita.Yes, I would like a pizza margherita.
SimonaPer me una pizza 4 stagioni.For me a 4 seasons pizza.
GiorgiaIo prendo una lasagna.I'll have a lasagna.
Cameriere
Waiter
Perfetto. E da bere?Perfect. And to drink?
MarcoDue bottiglie di vino rosso, per favore.Two bottles of red wine, please.
Cameriere
Waiter
Arrivano subito!
Volete anche un dolce?
They'll be here in a moment!
Would you also want a dessert?
GiorgiaNo, grazie.No, thank you.

Dialogue 2

 ItalianEnglish
Signor Rossi
Mr Rossi
Buongiorno, ho prenotato un tavolo a nome Rossi.Good morning, I reserved a table under the name Rossi.
Cameriere
Waiter
Buongiorno Signor Rossi. Ecco il suo tavolo!Good morning, Mr Rossi. Your table is here.
Signor Rossi
Mr Rossi
Grazie! Posso ordinare?Thank you. Can I order?
Cameriere
Waiter
Certo! Cose le porto?Of course! What can I bring you?
Signor Rossi
Mr Rossi
Una bistecca alla fiorentina e come dolce il tiramisù.A Florentine beefsteak and for dessert a tiramisù.
Cameriere
Waiter
Vuole qualcosa da bere?Would you like something to drink?
Signor Rossi
Mr Rossi
Solo acqua, naturale.Just water, natural.
Cameriere
Waiter
Perfetto!Perfect!

Dialogue 3

 ItalianEnglish
Signor Verdi
Mr Verdi
Può portarmi il conto?Could you bring me the bill?
Cameriere
Waiter
Subito! Ecco a lei.Immediately! Here it is.
Signor Verdi
Mr Verdi
Posso pagare con carta?Can I pay with card?
Cameriere
Waiter
No, oggi solo contanti.No, today only cash.
Signor Verdi
Mr Verdi
Va bene, ecco a lei.Alright, here you are.
Cameriere
Waiter
Grazie! Arrrivederci.Thank you, goodbye.

 


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