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Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel. In today's video I have gathered some information that I think is important to know when going to a restaurant. Let's start. When you want to go to a restaurant, it can be a good idea to make a reservation, so that you can be sure of finding a seat. A reservation. When you sit down at the table, the waiter or waitress brings the menu to order food and drink. To order we use the verbs "prendere" (in the present indicative) and "volere" (in the present conditional), then "Prendo" and "Vorrei". I'll have the tagliata. I'll have the pasta with zucchini, crispy guanciale and pecorino. Very well. The foods on the menu are divided into starters, first course meals (pasta, risotto, etc.), second course meals (meat, fish), side dished (vegetables), desserts. When ordering food, it is important to communicate if you have any food allergies, intolerances or restrictions.
Allergens are indicated in the menus with symbols, but it is good to ask if you have any doubts. The advice I give you is to write down the Italian words corresponding to what you are allergic or intolerant to, so as to show it. In addition to eating, you also order drinks. We all order water. We can order still water. Sparkling or carbonated water. The slightly sparkling water. In informal conversation the two adjectives "sparkling" and "carbonated" in reference to water are used as synonyms, but in reality, if we want to nitpick,
they are not synonymous, because they refer to two different things. In fact, sparkling is a mineral water naturally rich in carbon dioxide, it is found in nature. While carbonated is an artificially "sparkling" water, because carbon dioxide is added through the carbonization process. And it is also for this reason that the drinks you see on the screen are called "fizzy drinks" (litt. carbonated drinks) because carbon dioxide is artificially added. Then there is also the slightly sparkling water, which is a cross between still water and sparkling water. Usually if you order the slightly sparkling water, they will bring you Acqua di Nepi. Let's move on, let's move on to wine. How can we order wine? We can order it by the bottle, so we choose a bottle from the wine list.
We can choose a wine by the glass. Or we can order the house wine, which is served in jugs. The most common measures to order are: a liter, half a liter and a quart (a quarter of a liter) When you finish eating, you ask for the bill. It is very important to know that the bill will only be given to you after you have asked for it. Because it is rude to bring the bill to the customer if the customer has not requested it. It is as if you want to rush the customer, as if you want to send them away. If you don't ask for the bill, the waiter will ask you if you want dessert, then if you want coffee, then he will come back to ask you if you want an amaro.
This is because we usually entertain ourselves at the table and there is no habit of eating in a hurry, especially if we are with other people. It is also true, however, that if you remain seated until closing time, then there is a practical reason why the bill will be brought to you. Because the restaurant has to close. But this is an extreme case, otherwise it doesn't happen. The bill arrives, you pay. And this is where a Hamletic doubt arises: to leave or not to leave a tip? And if you decide to leave it, how much do you tip? How do you deal with tipping in Italy? Tipping is not mandatory, so you decide whether to tip and how much to tip. The philosophy is that if you liked the restaurant, if you enjoyed it, if you ate well,
if you found yourself in a pleasant situation, then a tip is welcome. Tipping is something extra that you give to show your appreciation of the restaurant, the welcome, the food, etc. If you didn't like the restaurant, if you didn't like it, you don't have to leave a tip anyway. How to decide how much to leave? You decide, as I told you before. It depends on the possibilities of each of us, each decides how much to tip. An important thing to remember is that the tip is left in coins or in cash, it cannot be left by debit or card (precisely because it is not mandatory, it is not part of the restaurant's payment system).
Sometimes on the menu you might find - it's not that common anymore, but in some places it still exists - you might find the word "cover", a sum that you pay per person for the service. Usually it never exceeds 3 euros. As I told you before, it is a practice that is no longer used as much. If you find the word "cover" in the menu, it means that you will pay for the service in the overall bill for dinner or lunch. Between us, it bothers me a little when I find the cover in restaurants' menus, because the cover literally refers to the set of plate, cutlery, glass that the customer uses to eat and drink. So basically they charge for setting the table, which seems obvious to me in a restaurant.
Luckily it is an increasingly disused practice. That's it for today's video. I hope I have given you some useful information. If you have any questions or doubts, leave a comment below. I thank you for watching this video. See you in the next one. See you soon, bye!
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