For more information see Roman Dishes
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.
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.
The appetizer course is traditionally bruschetta