How to order food at the restaurant in Italian
In this lesson you will learn some useful phrases to order food at the restaurant.
- 1.At the restaurant: getting a table
- 2.Ordering food and drinks in Italian
- 3.Useful words at the restaurant (fork, spoon, glass, salt, pepper)
- 4.Asking for the bill in Italian
- 5.Menu of an Italian restaurant
- 6.Daily dialogue
- 6.1.Dialogue 1
- 6.2.Dialogue 2
- 6.3.Dialogue 3
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- 7.6.Exercise on the dialogues of the lesson - Fill in the blanks
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.
|Avete un tavolo libero per x persone?||Is a table for x people available?|
|Ho riservato un tavolo a nome (nome)||I reserved a table under the name (name)|
|Ha prenotato?||Do you have a reservation?|
|Mi dispiace, tutti i tavoli sono prenotati.||I am sorry, we are full.|
|Quante persone siete?||How many people are you?|
Ordering food and drinks in Italian
Il cameriere (The waiter) or La cameriera (the waitress) will now take your order.
|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.
|Un attimo, per favore||One moment, please|
|Ci devo pensare su ancora un momento||I'll think about it some more|
|Non ho ancora deciso||I 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.
|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.
|Il piatto||The plate|
Asking for the bill in Italian
You're finished with your meal and it's time to pay.
Use the following sentences.
|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.
- L'antipasto (Starter): something light to start the meal;
- Il primo (First dish): it's always pasta or something similar, like lasagne;
- Il secondo: (Second dish): it could be compared to the Main Dish in English, as it includes meat and vegetables;
- La frutta (Fruit);
- Il dolce (Dessert);
- Il caffé (Coffee);
- 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.
Take a look at the following dialogues.
|Buonsera, avete prenotato?||Good evening, do you have a reservation?|
|Marco||No, non abbiamo prenotato.||No, we didn't reserve.|
|Quanti siete?||How many people are you?|
|Marco||Siamo in 3.||We are with 3.|
|Abbiamo un tavolo libero da 3! Venite, da questa parte.||We have a free table for 3 people. Follow me, this way.|
|Siete pronti per ordinare?||Are you ready to order?|
|Marco||Sì, io vorrei una pizza margherita.||Yes, I would like a pizza margherita.|
|Simona||Per me una pizza 4 stagioni.||For me a 4 seasons pizza.|
|Giorgia||Io prendo una lasagna.||I'll have a lasagna.|
|Perfetto. E da bere?||Perfect. And to drink?|
|Marco||Due bottiglie di vino rosso, per favore.||Two bottles of red wine, please.|
Volete anche un dolce?
|They'll be here in a moment!|
Would you also want a dessert?
|Giorgia||No, grazie.||No, thank you.|
|Buongiorno, ho prenotato un tavolo a nome Rossi.||Good morning, I reserved a table under the name Rossi.|
|Buongiorno Signor Rossi. Ecco il suo tavolo!||Good morning, Mr Rossi. Your table is here.|
|Grazie! Posso ordinare?||Thank you. Can I order?|
|Certo! Cose le porto?||Of course! What can I bring you?|
|Una bistecca alla fiorentina e come dolce il tiramisù.||A Florentine beefsteak and for dessert a tiramisù.|
|Vuole qualcosa da bere?||Would you like something to drink?|
|Solo acqua, naturale.||Just water, natural.|
|Può portarmi il conto?||Could you bring me the bill?|
|Subito! Ecco a lei.||Immediately! Here it is.|
|Posso pagare con carta?||Can I pay with card?|
|No, oggi solo contanti.||No, today only cash.|
|Va bene, ecco a lei.||Alright, here you are.|
|Grazie! Arrrivederci.||Thank you, goodbye.|
- Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Drag text
- Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Flashcards
- Exercise on ordering at the restaurant - Single choice set
- Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Fill in the blanks
- Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Drag text (Score -/-)Free
- Exercise on the dialogues of the lesson - Fill in the blanks
Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Drag text
Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Flashcards
Exercise on ordering at the restaurant - Single choice set
Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Fill in the blanks
Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Drag text (Score -/-)Free
Exercise on the dialogues of the lesson - Fill in the blanks
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