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When you visit Italy, it’s easy to get caught up in tourist areas full of overpriced, overrated food and lots of people selling miniature-sized Colosseums.
So what can you ask the locals so you can find a more authentic side of the city you’re in?
Well, one of the easiest ways is to start with food.
Learn how to ask these questions, and use them when the crowds are feeling too…well…crowded, and you want to stop seeing advertisements that proudly proclaim “tourist menu”.
C’è un buon ristorante qui vicino?
tch-EH oon bwuohn REE-stohr-ahn-teh KOO-bahn-oh qwee vee-CHEE- no
Is there a good restaurant here nearby?
Cosa posso mangiare di buono mentre sono in Italia?
KOH-zah POHS-soh mahn-DJAH-reh dee BWUO-noh MEN-treh SOH-noh een ee-TAH-leeah
What type of good food should I eat while I’m in Italy?
Può consigliarmi dei piatti tipici della regione?
pw-OH kohn-see-LYEEAR-mee DEH-ee pee-AHT-tee TEE-pee-chee DEHL-lah reh-DJOE-neh
Can you recommend some typical regional dishes to me?
Qual è il suo piatto preferito?
kwal EH eel SOO-oh pee-AH-toh preh-feh-REE-toh
What is your favorite dish?
Hopefully these questions spark conversation, open up space for dinner invitations, and help you find a more authentic side of Italy. If you want to learn more travel phrases & practice using them before your trip, check out the Not Your Typical Tourist Workbook.
Have any questions about phrases you want to say related to food? Let me know in the comments below!