When you think of Italian food, you often think of variously shaped pastas drowning in cream sauce or pizza with everything, and garlic bread sticks.
Italian food can be much more than these basic staples.
When Italians eat, they usually savor their food slowly. In other words, they take their time and you should do the same.
Eating at an Italian restaurant can be much more enjoyable if you share good conversation with your dining companions and never gobble your food.
Best picks for Italian Food
Order your pasta as main entrée instead of as an appetizer.
Try sharing your food with your dining companions. Ask for a doggy bag before you get your food. Divide up the food when it first arrives so you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should.
Try eating pesto with chicken or turkey and steamed vegetables. It is delicious and much healthier than heavy greasy cream sauces.
o If you like fried calamari, try it sautéed with fresh vegetables instead.
o If you like cheesy or meat tortellini, try pasta primavera instead.
o If you like spaghetti or fettuccine with meatballs, try any kind of pasta with a red clam sauce instead.
o If you like fettuccine alfredo, try pasta with marinara (fresh vegetables – tomatoes, onions and garlic) or pasta with a nice Marsala sauce (a red wine sauce).
o If you like rich Italian pastries (such as a cream cake), try an Italian ice instead.
o Please don’t put the bread sticks on the table.
o Can you put the pasta sauce on the side? (You can control the amount of sauce much better this way.)
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