Must-Know Italian Words for Food

A world-renowned cuisine that is beloved by many (including Italians themselves), it’s safe to say that there are few things as integral to Italian culture as food. While there are great Italian-inspired eateries across the globe, you might find yourself traveling to Italy in the near future, and thus bound to enjoy all the great food the country has to offer. Whether this is your case, or perhaps you just want to learn more Italian, today, we’ll be taking a look at must-know Italian words related to food and drink. Learn more information by reading below!

Basic Foods to Know

English | Italian

pizza | la pizza

pasta | la pasta

ice cream | il gelato (note that it is made differently from ice cream in the US or UK)

bread | il pane

soup | il minestra

fish | il pesce

chicken | il pollo

cheese | il formaggio

ham | il prosciutto (note that it is prepared differently and typically sliced thinner than ham in the US or UK)

Drinks to Know About

English | Italian

wine | il vino

beer | la birra

coffee | il caffe (note that this will usually be interpreted as an espresso shot in most Italian eateries)

tea | il te

water | l’acqua

cappucino | il cappucino

aperol spritz | l’aperol spritz

Italian Meals to Know About While You’re There

These are common meals served in Italy that you may want to know about (and try) during your visit.

Carbonara is a pasta dish that is made with cheese, eggs, pork, and black pepper. It is typically prepared with either parmigiano reggiano or pecorino romano cheese and either guanciale or pancetta.

Pizza Margherita¬†is pizza in its truest form, originating from the city of Naples apparently in the late 19th century. Typically made with a tomato paste, fresh mozzarella, and basil, this is a dish you’ll certainly want to try in Italy.

Looking for Elegant Italian-Inspired Food in Boston’s North End?

Visit us at Nico Boston, located at 417 Hanover Street in the city’s historic North End. Make a reservation with us or give us a call at 617-742-0404

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