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Food, Restaurants and Cafes in Italy

Everything you need to know to have great meals in restaurants in Italy, how to use the caffe/bars, our restaurant reviews, Dean's Wine and Food Notes, and some recommended restaurants. Each link below goes to a larger section.


Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews
Restaurant Reviews: Reviews, organized by region, sent in by Slow Travelers.

Restaurants: What type of restaurants you can go to for each meal, how to order, reservations, closing day, what to expect, how to pay, tipping, sample menus, pizza, vegetarian, and more.

Restaurant Lists: Several individual restaurant lists for Piemonte (Piedmont), Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, all of Italy.

Caffes and Bars

Caffes: How to order in a caffe and what types of food and drinks are usually available. We show you a sample caffe menu and translate the items. Photos of caffes. This section also has information about Gelato and Italian candies. (Cafe in Italian is "caffe". We use the Italian spelling.)

Dean's Wine and Food Notes

Dean's Wine and Food Notes: Dean, owner of Dino, a Washington DC Italian restaurant, writes about the different wines of Italy, buying wine, Amarone, Piemonte wines, wines from the north and northeast, Brunello, and Port (from Portugal).
New - seasonal articles about food and wine.

Other Information on Food/Restaurants

Instructions for Visitors - Food Shops: All about shopping for food in small alimentari and large supermarkets.

Vacation Rental Kitchen Recipes: Italian recipes created for Slow Travelers - easy to make in your vacation rental kitchen.

Travel Notes - Food/Cooking: Notes about olive oil, lists of favorite food shops, recipes, etc.

Slow Travel Talk Message Board - Food/Drink/Recipes: Visit our Food forum on the message board.

Submit Your Review

Submit Your Review: Send in your restaurant review.

Osteria alla Piazza, near Panzano in Chianti

Osteria alla Piazza, near Panzano in Chianti

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