• Italian course for beginners (A1)
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  • 1 Greetings in Italian (hello, goodbye, ...) [0/5]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in Italian (my name is...) [0/6]
  • 3 Asking and telling the time in Italian [0/5]
  • 4 Days of the week, months and holidays in Italian [0/6]
  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
  • 18 School in Italian [0/6]
  • 19 Jobs and professions in Italian [0/6]
  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
  • 21 Hobbies and sports in Italian [0/5]
  • 22 Health in Italian [0/5]
  • 23 Wishes and proverbs in Italian [0/4]
  • How to order food at the restaurant in Italian

    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?

     

    Ordering food and drinks in Italian

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

    Italian English
    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.

    Italian English
    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.

    Italian English
    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.

    Italian English
    Il piatto The plate
    La forchetta Fork
    Il cucchiaio Spoon
    Il cucchiaino Teaspoon
    Il coltello Knife
    Il bicchiere Glass
    Lo stuzzicadenti Toothpick
    Il tovagliolo Napkin
    Il sale Salt
    Il pepe Pepper
    L'olio Oil
    Il menù Menu
    La mancia Tip

     

    Asking for the bill in Italian

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

    Italian English
    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

      Italian English
    Cameriere
    Waiter
    Buonsera, avete prenotato? Good evening, do you have a reservation?
    Marco No, non abbiamo prenotato. No, we didn't reserve.
    Cameriere
    Waiter
    Quanti siete? How many people are you?
    Marco Siamo 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?
    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.
    Cameriere
    Waiter
    Perfetto. E da bere? Perfect. And to drink?
    Marco Due 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?
    Giorgia No, grazie. No, thank you.

    Dialogue 2

      Italian English
    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

      Italian English
    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.

     

    Exercises

    Exercise on ordering at the restaurant in Italian - Drag text

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    Exercise on the dialogues of the lesson - Fill in the blanks