Italy: what is the difference between trattoria, restaurant and Osteria?

Test your Italian and immerse yourself in the subtleties of Italian cuisine, discovering (sometimes minor) differences between the different places of food that you will find in the country. Here are the most common eateries in Italy and what to expect:


This is a top-class Italian restaurant where you can expect: professional work of waiters and sommeliers, refined atmosphere, good food and the opportunity to be a little gourmet. But, however, and higher prices.


Trattoria is no longer a formal option. Perhaps this is a family business and the attitude of the waiters will be somewhat different than in the case of the Restaurant and it does not mean that it will be worse! Most often, the service staff is friendly, and does not adhere to super-professional standards. Informal, but cosy atmosphere. Traditional dishes and family recipes


Previously, Osteria was used to indicate a place where men could buy wine and play cards. In the past, Osteria often functioned as a hotel, where travelers over long distances could spend the night in a simple room. Today you can expect from Osteria: a wine atmosphere or an atmosphere of Haute cuisine, sometimes not quite simple dishes with a considerable price tag, usually ready exclusively in the form of snacks, which can be enjoyed with wine. Seasonal dishes and a variety of dishes according to the fresh ingredients available on the market

If you try to formulate the above briefly, the trattoria is to eat and drink, and Osteria is to talk and drink wine.

Tavola calda

Tavola calda (literally translated as hot table) is an improved Italian version of fast food. Here you will find a very simple home-cooked meal. It’s a fast-food diner. The lowest prices of all of the above.

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Going to Italy on vacation? How to eat tasty and budget

Making a budget for a trip to Europe in the first place determine the cost of travel and accommodation. About nutrition, as a rule, do not think much.

And only on the spot it turns out that the price range and features of the local organization of food places do not coincide with the expectations of the usual way of life in his native country.

In the Luggage of a professional traveler there are life hacks about the ways of cheap, tasty and healthy food for each country. Here are a few secrets from the avid traveler for those who are going to relax in Italy.

Rule 1

Avoid tourist restaurants. All restaurants marked in the guidebooks, both offline and online, will be more expensive than authentic restaurants in terms of price. The menu in tourist restaurants is standard, adapted. Such dishes are available in most Moscow restaurants. Is it worth it for the sake of such pleasure to cross thousands of kilometers? The smaller the restaurant, more modest entourage and where the menu is on one sheet, the tastier the food will be. In such institutions, a lot of Italians, and the owner of the institution is constantly in the hall communicates with their guests. Here you will be told about the features of the preparation of a dish and from what market the products were purchased, will share culinary secrets.

Rule 2

In Italy, many categories of food places. Not familiar with the definitions of these categories, inexperienced tourists often bypasses them, and sorry. Here are some of them for a small budget:

Tavern — so called restaurant in the countryside, in the beautiful surroundings of big cities. Cheap.

Trattoria (food) and Osteria (drinks) — home, family restaurants. Often there you will not find a printed menu, but you can safely trust the choice and recommendations of the owner. The Trattoria emphasis on food, the Restaurant more for wine and appetizers to wine. Prices are lower than in restaurants.

Pizzeria. Because pizza was born in the South, consequently it tastes better. Cheap.

Tavola Calda — translated as “hot table”. In such institutions, mostly self-service type canteens. Prices are very reasonable.

Tavola Calda — translated as “hot table”. In such institutions, mostly self-service type canteens. Prices are very reasonable.

the delicatessen La (Rosticceria) — institution, serving fried and baked in the oven dishes and small pizzas. It’s mostly takeout.

Pasticceria (Pasticceria) – bakery, coffee and desserts.

Rule 3

Discounts and coupons. An experienced traveler actively uses this resource. Every day at you can find discount coupons in a particular restaurant, where the usual set for two can be bought at half price and get into a good and well-known restaurant. Coupon comes in the mail, payment on the spot. The second useful resource is, here prices sometimes fall to 70%. Payment immediately. Large restaurants and small establishments participate in these programs.

Rule 4

To rent an apartment with a kitchen and cook yourself. Minus – acquaintance with the country is incomplete, as cuisine and culinary traditions are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the country. Without this component, the real country is not known.

Rule 5

A real traveler never eats in the country of the restaurants of the cuisine of another country. He will not go to Italy to eat sushi and will not eat hamburgers in international chains of fast food restaurants.

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Watermelon sangria in 5 minutes

Summer, heat, sangria. It’s time to learn how to make watermelon sangria in 5 minutes.

Watermelon, champagne and rose wine can make a delicious sangria, which can be included in the menu for a buffet.


  • semi-sweet champagne of the best quality (780 ml);
  • rose dessert wine (760 ml);
  • watermelon a small size(one pleasant thing).

The process of preparing sangria

First, you need to hold the watermelon in some cool place for about three hours, after this time, wash and slice without removing the skin into small cubes.

If you did not have the opportunity to pre-cool the watermelon, prepare more ice for the drink.

Send the sliced watermelon in a large glass container, pour it with pink wine, mix well, then send the dishes with the basis for the drink for about two hours in the refrigerator.

Next, just before the holiday add to the container pre-chilled champagne. Mix the prepared watermelon sangria and serve it immediately to the buffet table.

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