Ordering a pizza in Italy: a secret revealed

Supplementi- Italy from the Inside

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As you may imagine, the pizzerie are establishments specializing in pizza. You may find that many of them offer not only pizza but regular dinners as well (therefore are called pizzeria ristorante). What you really need to know is that a good pizza must be cooked in a wood-burning oven (forno a legna) and doesn’t have to have a very oily crust. While not all Italian pizzerias offer exactly the same assortment of pizzas, all pizzerias have a section in their menu called supplementi. Supplementi are the extra ingredients that you can add to your pizza in order to customize it to your own taste. Therefore you can have extra mozzarella, or maybe extra cured ham (prosciutto crudo), or even, if you want, extra olives (olive). So, the next time you will order a pizza in Italy you can say “Vorrei una pizza x con supplemento di y”. Enjoy.

{Part of this article is an excerpt from chapter 3 “Italian cuisine and food establishments” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

 

Coffee to go in Italy

Coffee to go in Italy- Italy from the Inside

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Italians don’t bring their coffee wherever they go and the big insulated travel mugs, that are so popular in the States, are definitely not a part of the Italian culture. However, sometimes you may see some people ordering their coffee at the bar and then taking it away. When that happens, it comes in this size.

{This is an excerpt from chapter 4 “Gelaterie and coffee houses” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

The definition of “secondo” in the Italian cuisine

The secondo in the Italian cuisine- Italy from the Inside

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A typical Italian meal is made of an antipasto (appetizer), a primo (first course), a secondo (second course), a contorno (side dish), a dolce (dessert) and, at the end, a coffee.
The secondo is the second course, during which Italians eat many different kinds of meat: fish, pork, chicken, veal, lamb, wild boar, and rabbit. In the finest restaurants it’s not unusual to find frog legs or snails listed on the menu.

{This is an excerpt from chapter 3 “Italian cuisine and food establishments” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}