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  1. Karla | Karlaroundtheworld
    February 2, 2017
    I definitely enjoyed the food in italy. It's always been my go to comfort food. Pizzas and tratorias are love.

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  2. Alina Popescu
    February 1, 2017
    Oh, I love this post! When I first when there, the first meal was in a pizzeria and I was starving. It was a long time ago, the internet was new, so I didn't know the idea of sauce on top of the pizza was enough to puzzle the server. I did get a few mumbles and probably a little under-the-breath swearing, but who cares. I've never been to a proper restaurant in Italy, we were high school students so a tratoria or osteria was super high end for us, so my first proper Italian restaurant experience was in Germany. They are a lot nicer there and the service is faster, so I have to go back to Italy for a proper experience :D

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  3. Chrysoula Manika
    January 31, 2017
    That is a great guide to Italian food that I simply adore. My favorite place is usually a trattoria where the food is heavenly. I have never managed to order all the courses and I alaways save place for my favorite italian dessert. I didn't know about the cheese and seafood.

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  4. travelingilove
    January 31, 2017
    Wow! That's something! I mean, when I start reading, I was a little surprised by the topic (why anyone ever wanted to write about I thought obvious thing like dining out in Europe), but you get so much into the details and give such a great tips I have never heard about. It's a really great job! Thank you :)

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  5. sara | belly rumbles
    January 31, 2017
    Such a great guide for those wanting to eat out in Italy. We lived there for a while when my son was 4. I feel your pain of not being able to head to dinner until 8pm when places open. We found a couple of local places near where we were staying that opened early, which made life so much easier with a toddler.

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  6. Vicki Garside
    January 30, 2017
    Great tips! We made the mistake of sitting with the menu open the first night we were in Rome and didn't eat for hours! I think we eventually walked out of that particular restaurant! Shame on us! But we soon learned! And oh the pizza and pasta that followed was amazing!

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  7. atlifestylecrossroads
    January 29, 2017
    I´m incapable of missing out any post with italian food lol never thought of these slight differences between trattoria and osteria - now I´m finally well-informed! And as to the schedules it´s even worse here in Spain, the restaurants usually open around 8.30 for dinner, and it´s soooo late.... #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  8. pswdarlene
    January 29, 2017
    Awesome! Italy is the land of good food and I am dying to eat there! all those pizza and prosciutto! As well as cannoli and gelato! I think i'll gain a lot when i go there. Italy does take their food seriously. Cool tips!

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  9. Jim ~ ReflectionsEnroute
    January 29, 2017
    Why, oh why did you post that picture of mouthwateringly delicious looking tiramisu??? I must have it!

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  10. Hrakaridi
    January 29, 2017
    This is a very useful guide! i love Italian food and i think that pizzeria and trattoria are the best in Italy

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  11. danik
    January 29, 2017
    Great post and good tips here. When I first went to Italy all I was seeing was Pizza restaurants! They were everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. galanda23
    January 29, 2017
    Ah, your post made me so hungry! You have some very useful information about dining in Italy. I could never get bored of Italian food. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  13. traveling9to5er
    January 29, 2017
    I lived in Rome for a semester and this is a great breakdown. I wish I read it before I went. Eat (and anything else) is all about taking your time and enjoying the experience, aka being patient! Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

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    • BasketsLife
      January 29, 2017
      Thank you for reading ~ well now you will have to come back to Italy :) Yes exactly it is about the experience!

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  14. Upeksha
    January 28, 2017
    What an interesting read. We went to Italy many years ago and can identify with many of the observations in your post (especially the one about SQ and pricing by weight - we didn't know and ended up ordering the biggest fish they had in the restaurant and paid over 100 Euros!). Thank you for sharing your experience with us. #theweeklypostcard

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    • BasketsLife
      January 29, 2017
      Thank you for reading - Yes we found out the hard way to once night in Venice My husband almost had heart attack when he go the bill! YIKES

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  15. Ruth
    January 28, 2017
    So many good tips in here! Love how enjoyable to read you made this article. But, it is true, in Italy and in many more parts of Europe, you have to be patient when you are eating out. First, it takes some time to get service. In some places, I have waited 20 minutes to get initial contact with a waiter / waitress. It is not like they have five to six people working the tables. They may have one or two for an entire salon. Then, you have to wait for the food. So, yes, you better sit back and relax (and have some patience). #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    • BasketsLife
      January 29, 2017
      Yes very true it is meant as an experience not a eat and run as fast as you can! I personally am learning to enjoy it ! Thank you for reading!

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  16. Momma To Go
    January 28, 2017
    I've spent lot of time in Italy and these are spot on! Also don't tip, and try not too be too American in asking for substitutions etc! Going to Italy in march, cannot wait!!!!

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  17. Anisa
    January 28, 2017
    I was so impressed with the food in Italy! I wanted to order everything especially if it has truffle. Oh and the wine was wonderful too. You are bringing back so good memories. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  18. Carmen’s Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl)
    January 25, 2017
    I've been to Italy many times but this is helpful even for me! Especially the timing part. Great post, thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Helena
    January 24, 2017
    These are awesome tips! I love the one about cheese on seafood and the cappuccino (my coffee of choice!!). I really enjoyed it!

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    • BasketsLife
      January 25, 2017
      Haha it is also my coffee of choice - and I order it after 10am all the time and get the hand and the eye roll LOL

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  20. clare
    January 23, 2017
    I love the food in italy it is the best. A great post explaining the different type of restaurants, I never knew that. I normally just go into one that I like the look of and choose something from the menu :-)

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  21. kidsandcompass
    January 23, 2017
    I'm glad that you spelled out the differences between the restaurants and the dos and do nots! I too have been at the receiving end of an Italian eye-roll. I'll try my best to stick to the rules this April when I'm next in Italy (although as I'm going with two little ones, it's going to be hard to hang on until 8pm for dinner!)

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    • BasketsLife
      January 23, 2017
      Yes that is tough, we have the same problem with our 3 kids. If you are in a touristy area you might find some other things open mid day.

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  22. Corinne
    January 23, 2017
    Stacey, I should have read this before heading to Italy. I'm sure I've broken a few of these rules, especially asking for parmesan for my spaghetti vongole!

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  23. Castaway with Crystal
    January 23, 2017
    Wow what a bunch of really great tips - I found them all SO interesting! I think I'm going to really enjoy Italy now...

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    • BasketsLife
      January 23, 2017
      Thank you

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  24. nlaguilera
    January 23, 2017
    Great tips! I remember during my first visit feeling a bit confused and overwhelmed but now that I've spent a bit more time there it actually all makes sense. I actually think the Italians have it figured out more than we do back in the states!

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    • BasketsLife
      January 23, 2017
      Right I think they have the rules and the rules are to be followed - which is easier than no rules at all for sure!!

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  25. Kerri
    January 23, 2017
    Reading articles like this reinforce why I love travel and food so much. The amount I have learnt over the years about cultures, people, food and language is just incredible And I learnt so much of it through food itself. I often joke that I speak amazing French and Italian food. I can read anything off a menu just about in any language, but can't always hold a conversation. Another good eg too of how we must not expect others to conform to our rituals and timings.

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  26. Aisha
    January 22, 2017
    Your "do not's" are hilarious. They take serious pride in their food and dishes. Tradition is tradition lol.

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  27. Carolina Colborn
    January 22, 2017
    Finally, learned how to dine in Italy!!! I would opt for a trattoria for lunch and an osteria for dinner therefore and order all five!!!

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  28. Nancy
    January 21, 2017
    What a great article! Now I know why we get the rolled up eyes when we dine at the better restaurants in Italy! It's the bread! Haha! Never put that together before until you mentioned it!

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    • BasketsLife
      January 21, 2017
      Right we always get eye roll too! Thank you for reading! :)

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  29. Brianna
    January 21, 2017
    I'm headed to Italy in April, so these are really helpful tips! I'll be traveling solo, however. Is it frowned upon to read a book, or write, or play on your phone while eating at these places?

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    • BasketsLife
      January 21, 2017
      Hi Brianna, Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful time in Italy. I will be posting many more items out traveling and living in Italy in the next few months so stay posted. For sure it is not frowned upon, especially if you are traveling solo to read a book, your phone or write. You will see many solo people reading in coffee shops, or in the Piazzas all over Italy. :)

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