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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Rome by Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy

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Eating and Drinking Tips

NOTE

For more information see Roman Dishes

  1. Restaurant Types

    Traditionally, a ristorante is the most formal and expensive eatery; a trattoria is a family-run, moderately priced place; an osteria anything from a simple trattoria to the equivalent of a pub with a few dishes of mixed meats and cheeses along with wine.

  2. The Italian Meal

    Italian meals, especially dinner, are drawnout affairs of two to four hours, followed by an espresso (small, strong coffee) and liqueur (digestivo) such as grappa . Breakfast is traditionally just an espresso or cappuccino (coffee with steamed milk) with a sweetened croissant (cornetto). Many hotels lay out a large breakfast buffet.

  3. Antipasto

    The appetizer course is traditionally bruschetta

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