"RESTAURANTSRestaurants are..." Eating Habit Tip by SirRichard
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<BR><font color=red><font size=+1>RESTAURANTS</font></font><BR>
Restaurants are open for lunch from Noon to 2:30p.m., roughly. Some open as late as 1:00, not closing until 3:30. You can't eat a restaurant lunch either early or late. Restaurants reopen for dinner at perhaps 7:30p.m. - you may find some opening at 7p.m., and many not until 8p.m. or 8:30p.m.. Bars and sandwich shops are open most of the day.<BR>
The title of the 'restaurant' may give some notion of the price range (from top to bottom priced):<BR>
<font color=red>Ristorante</font> are usually the most expensive, though occasionally you'll find a modest establishment with delusions of grandeur.<BR>
<font color=red>Trattorie</font> are generally medium-priced, though some are quite upscale.
<font color=red>Osterie</font> ('hostelry') would have been farily humble establishments in the past; some continue to be economical, some at the top of the price scale.<BR>
A <font color=red>taverna</font> is a lower-priced trattoria.<BR>
<font color=red>Pizzerie</font> are what you'd guess.<BR>
<font color=red>Bars and Caffes</font> are generally places for a 'coffee break', with the bars typically more elaborate than caffes. Do not think of a bar (or cafe) in the American sense. You'll generally find most patrons drinking coffee, eating rolls or sandwiches, and so forth. They do, however, serve alcoholic beverages, ranging from polite aperitifs through strong liquor and after-dinner drinks. Either bar or caffee may have sandwiches (panini e toasts).
Your neighborhood bar or caffe is often the best choice for a 'continental' breakfast. If your hotel or pension does serve breakfast (most do) for a separate charge the nearest bar or caffe will be a much more economical choice, and more fun.<BR>
<font color=red>Tavola Calda</font>, 'hot table', suggests a steam table. You may see the sign at a bar or caffe, or as a stand-alone as the name of what we'd call a cafeteria. They're usually inexpensive.
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