Consider Italian menus like math, an additive procedure of various dishes that form a tasty dining equation. You must be aware of the elements to determine the most effective equation. Antipasti are appetizers, and the “before dish” is usually light, innovative, and appealing. Main courses are divided into primi (firsts) and second (seconds). Primi include soups, pasta, or rice meals. Secondi is fish(pesce) (pesce) or meat(carne) (carne) food items that are based on fish which are usually healthier. Then there are cartoons. Usually, they appear near the end of a menu and are seasonal vegetables served as side dishes. It’s a lot of food to eat.

It doesn’t need to be. Italians typically order two meals: an antipasto and a first or a secondo because the entire combination of antipasto, primo, and secondo could be too abundant (too much). If you’re not full, Milanese food writer Sara Porro recommends ordering “two antipasti” since the antipasto usually comes in only a tiny portion. You can also request mezzo porzione (half portion) usually costs between 50 and 75% of the regular portion.” Restaurant vs. Trattoria. The osteria evening at Piazza Navona in Rome. Image Credit: Silvia Longhi / Viator Don’t get too caught by the jargon. There are three kinds of restaurants available in Rome–ristorante, trattoria, and osteria — they all have the same basic idea: dining at table service. What’s the distinction? A ristorante is usually more expensive and focuses on design with formal service, the most innovative menus (even one or two Michelin stars, or even two), and higher costs.

Trattorias are more casual and less costly. However, they are no longer the charming checkered tables featured in the past. Today, look forward to a chic design and a fresh interpretation of traditional Roman food. Ultimately, the Osteria is an inexpensive option providing nothing extravagant. Time for dinner in Rome dinner service in the trattoria. Photograph Credits: Silvia Longhi / Viator What’s the best time of day to take a meal? Any time you’d like. Although Romans generally gather for dinner at 8 pm (at the latest), Restaurants are typically open between 7 and 7:30 pm. There are a few which open at 6:30 pm.

Don’t forget; nobody is interested in a late eater. The dinner table, whether at home or a restaurant, is usually the main event of the evening, so it’s not unusual for Romans to remain at the table till midnight. Unless stated, the table is yours until you’re completed. It is crucial to be fair and don’t stay too long. Porro suggests that “keeping the table busy with food that isn’t very filling that you’re taking away money from the restaurant. If you’re going to have only one item, mention it at the time of booking and make sure you won’t be able to keep the table longer than what’s needed to eat your food. It’s not difficult.

However, it will likely make you appear in the restaurant’s best manners.” Going out for dinner with the kids. An outdoor family dinner in the Rome Side street. Image Credit: Silvia Longhi / Viator Do not bother the need to request a children’s menu. Restaurant staff in Rome, as proud parents, believe the children will always be welcomed at the table. So they are very welcoming to guests with young children. If size matters, ask for a mezzo porzione (half portion). Parents of children with particular preferences must request Bianca pasta (plain spaghetti). Related: things to do in Rome with kids Tipping in Rome The server will bring food to a seating area outside. Image Credit: Silvia Longhi / Viator In Rome, the biggest debate is whether giving a tip on the table is necessary.

The standard rule in Roman food is not to leave a tip. The servers are paid and don’t depend on tips to boost their income like their US counterparts. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Do you go to a local restaurant and pay a minuscule amount or go home with a good 20% of your total amount? Porro clarifies, “As a rule of thumb, you could include a few euros in the bill at a trattoria and more at a good restaurant. Don’t be enticed into giving a tip that is as large as in the US because people tend to expect this to be expected from American visitors.” It is generally accepted that Romans will leave just a couple of coins at the table, not a large amount.

If you feel that the experience was pleasant, you should leave no more than 10 percent of the bill. You just realized there’s also an additional charge per person besides the prime, second, or Dolci. Doesn’t that sound like a tip? Contrary to the common belief that the coperto, or charge for cover, that you see on your payment page that pushes the cost to (listed in the pane, or Servizio) isn’t a built-in gratuity but a per-person fee for services that include bread, table settings, table service as well as other aspects that are not quantifiable of hospitality. Even if you do not eat bread, the price will be reflected.