Are you planning a trip to Italy? If so, one of the most appealing factors is likely the food. After all – who doesn’t love authentic Italian food?
While the majority of restaurants have items that are reasonably priced, and in some cases, even inexpensive, some of the most common mistakes can make you blow your entire trip food budget quickly.
Here are three tips to help you keep on budget and enjoy all the amazing dishes Italy is known for.
Be Careful Where You Sit
Would you love a table with a water view or how about a just a table? Then you may have to pay for it. While this can seem logical in locations such as cafes and bars, where the majority of Italians drink their coffee standing, it’s often the case in restaurants too.
On your bill, you will see this charge as “pane e coperto,” which means bread and tableware.” Don’t think you can get out of this either – the fee is inevitable – even if you never see silverware or bread.
Also, once you sit down at a table and order something, you have made the commitment to pay this. The good news is, it isn’t usually too expensive. While this charge should be listed on the menu or posted in the restaurant; however, if it isn’t make sure to ask. There are also some places that now waive this fee because the laws no longer require restaurants to charge this in some locations.
Not all Gelato is Priced Equally
If you’re going to Italy, you can’t leave before you have indulged in some of the famous gelato. This cool treat is virtually impossible to resist – especially on a scorching summer day. However, proceed with caution. Even in towns where there are more than a few gelaterie (gelato shops) the prices will not always be the same. Make sure to look at the menu carefully before you order. If there’s no menu posted, then be sure to ask “Quanto costa?”
Eat Local (Avoid Tourist Hot-Spots)
If you really think about this tip, it makes complete sense. The closer a restaurant is to an area known for tourism, the more likely the owner is to increase the prices. Because the majority of tourists are usually too tired or hungry to pay attention to normal prices, they don’t really make a fuss when they finally get the check. If possible, get away from the most popular tourist areas. In some cases, just a few streets over will do.
If you really want to enjoy your trip to Italy, while enjoying all the delicious food and avoid going broke, then you need to follow the tips found here. This will help you get your belly full, without going broke.