Speaking with the Waiter in Italy

Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of staying at the lovely hotel pictured here on Lago Maggiore, Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees, in the town of Stresa, in the lake region just north of Milan. I’ll never forget how wonderfully relaxing dining “al fresco” every morning in the hotel’s beautiful restaurant was.

In this photograph, the waiter is in the background, waiting for the lunch service to begin. Enjoying daily meals here made me think of how knowing just a few Italian phrases really helps interactions flow smoothly when dining in Italy. The waiters appreciate it, and it makes the meal that much more memorable.

This blog with useful Italian phrases to speak to the waiter was just posted on May 31, 2016, on the Learn Italian! blog for Stella Lucente, LLC, and www.learntravelitalian.com. Below is an excerpt. Click on the link to read the entire blog post if you like.

If you like what you are reading, our pocket book, Conversational Italian for Travelers: Just the Important Phrasesis available to take with you overseas on your next Italian vacation!    

After Caterina arrives in Italy, she stays with her Italian cousin Pietro and his family in Milan for a while and adapts to Italian life and the Italian language. Then, in the last unit of the book, they all go on a summer vacation together. Caterina and the family stay at a typical northern Italian lake resort in the town of Stresa on Lago Maggiore.

For those travelers who are adventurous enough to try out their Italian on their own visit to Italy, read on for some phrases that will come in handy when ordering at an Italian restaurant. Get started by speaking with the waiter. A delicious meal is soon to follow!

To listen to the dialogue from Chapter 16, when Caterina and her Italian family arrive at an Italian restaurant and begin their wonderful meal together, go to the interactive audio dialogues on our website at learntravelitalian.com/interactive.html.
—Kathryn Occhipinti

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