An introduction to Italian food and dining

  • 26 August 2015
Food is a huge part of Italian culture. Image courtesy of Chris RubberDragon

Now that we have covered Italian etiquette, you’ll know that you can’t go wrong with wine, cheese, pizza and pasta for your Italian guests. 

Food is a huge part of Italian culture. Traditional Italian recipes are often passed down from generation to generation, and although your establishment may not necessarily have the privilege of knowing some secrets of Italian cuisines, here are a few things that are non-negotiable:

  • The main meal is usually when Italians take their bread, so make sure to serve it during this time; they use the bread to mop leftover sauce from the plate
  • Most Italians prefer having coffee with fruit or dessert, but never with the main meal
  • For salad dressing, many Italians will have olive oil and vinegar only
  • Italians never use a knife for their pasta
  • Don’t be quick to give away a reserved table, your Italian guests are most likely to arrive 15 or 30 minutes late
  • Because food and wine are fundamental components of Italian culture, ensure the dining experience is of a high standard