Italian Restaurants And Food

Delicious food is just one of the many pleasures for which Italy is legendary. The main characteristic of Italian cooking is its healthy balance, the excellent basic ingredients being simply cooked and retaining their original goodness and freshness.
There are thousands of ristoranti (restaurants): the most formal type of place to eat when one is not in a hurry, sometimes a little fancy and pricey. Family-run; trattoria and osteria: less formal than a ristoranti, where local specialities are served. Or pannier: a sandwich bar, where a quick meal can be had at any time of the day.