Author: Ingrid Kirita
Meet Wanderlust Expert, Ingrid from Ingrid.Zen.Moments. She was born and still living in Bucharest, Romania with the world in her heart, trying to blend in traveling (whenever and wherever possible), reading, and yoga into the boring corporate life of a financial controller.
Traveling to Italy? Here are some things you might want to know:
Coffee is a way of life
If you order coffee, be prepared to pay extra if you drink it at the table, rather than standing at the counter. DON’T ever order it to go (there is no such thing as coffee to go, I mean who thinks coffee is still good after some time? Well, I actually do but don’t tell that to the Italians) and don’t make the mistake of taking Cappuccino after breakfast (opt rather for a latte).
Forget what you know about pizza
In Italy, you can get pizza with anything that could cross your mind: from octopus to french fries (am I the only one shocked here??). Just make sure to never ever ask for one thing to come with your pizza: ketchup! That would be blasphemy. All pizza start from the basic form of pizza Margherita (tomato sauce and mozzarella), thus adding an extra layer of tomato sauce will decrease the actual taste considerably.
When eating at the restaurant, if you are wondering whether you need to leave and extra tip, the answer might be just under your nose: check the note twice and look after the “Coperto”. Most of the restaurants have this (usually around 2 EUR per person) included and it is seen as the “tax for using the table and cutlery and tablecloths”. In this case, things are made easier and you don’t need to mind living an extra tip.
Aperitivo – I’m not talking about the food or the alcoholic drink you have before a meal in order to open your appetite (or not just quite). No, I’m talking about the social activity practiced in Italy which has been developed based on the actual drink. Whether you drink a Spritz Aperol or even a non-alcoholic drink, the whole idea behind it is going out before dinner for socialization and sharing your day with your friend while nibbling on something. Whatever you do, make sure not to miss it!”
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