Visit MWR’s Outdoor Rec and Army Community Services (ACS) at Caserma Ederle for great lists of restaurants near Vicenza and language guides for dining out.

DINING OUT

The Slow Food movement originated in Italy and it’s no wonder because Italians enjoy good ingredients and savor them (over a 2-3 hour meal!) with friends and family.

Meals

  • Breakfast (“colazione”) pastry/drink at a café or bar
  • Lunch (“pausa pranzo”) 1200-1430
  • Dinner (“cena”) 1900-2030

Restaurants

  • Each person is charged a 1€-3€ table fee (“coperto”)
  • Ask for your check (“Il conto, per favore.”)
  • Pay at the register, not at the table

Tipping

  • Service is included in the “coperto” cover charge
  • For superior service, tip an extra 5-10%

Pizza

  • Want pepperoni? Ask for “salamino piccante”
  • Mushrooms (“funghi”) are fresh only if stated

Café/Bar or Autogrills  (Highway Restaurants)

 

GROCERY SHOPPING

Hours

  • Local shops close for “riposo” from 1230-1530
  • Local shops close on Sun with limited hours on Mon
  • Chain stores are open all day (“orario continuato”)

Carts

  • Insert 1€ coin to unlock; return it & take your coin

Produce

  • Always use a glove to handle produce
  • Weigh your produce before checking out

Bagging

  • Customers bag their own groceries
  • BYOB - Bring Your Own Bags or pay 0.10-0.50€/bag

Deli/Fish/Cheese/Pastry Counter

  • Take a number and wait for it to be called
  • ½ kilogram (“mezzo chilo”) = 500 grams = 1.1 lbs.
  • 100 grams (“un etto”), 200 grams (“due etti”)

Milk

  • Find raw milk (“latte crudo”) machines at farms
  • Use www.milkmaps.com to find milk dispensaries