The Do's and Don'ts of Italian Etiquette
These mealtime etiquette tips will take you from turista to true Italiano.
DON'T cut your pasta with a knife. A fork is the only utensil that should touch your 'roni.
DO wait until your host sits or announces, "Buon appetito!" before digging into dinner.
DON'T ask for salad dressing—oil and vinegar are all you need.
DO fill up your neighbor's glass, always, before topping off your own.
DON'T slurp your spaghetti. The only noise your mouth should make during a meal is "Mmm."
DO ask for the check when you're ready for it. Italian servers think it's rude to rush you from the table, so it could be hours before they do.
DON'T butter your bread. Instead, use it to sop up leftover marinara.
DO always bring a gift (chocolate, wine, etc.) if you are a dinner guest.
DON'T season your food at the table. In Italy, the chef is always right.
DO order an espresso—but after dessert, not during it.