37 common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant

Learn the most common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant in this lesson.

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Vorrei prenotare un tavolo per stasera.
I would like to reserve a table for tonight.

Siamo in quattro.
There’s four of us.

Vorrei prenotare un tavolo per quattro.
I would like to reserve a table for four people.

Devo prenotare?
Do I have to make a reservation?

Ho una prenotazione per le otto.
I have booked a table for eight o’ clock.

common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant - prenotazione

Non ho prenotato.
I haven’t booked.

Devo cancellare la mia prenotazione.
I have to cancel my reservation.

Mi può portare la lista dei vini?
Could you brind me the wine list?

Preferisco che la bistecca sia ben cotta, grazie.
I prefer a well-done steak, thanks.

Preferisco la bistecca al sangue, grazie.
I prefer a rare steak, thanks.

Questa bistecca è cruda.
This steak is raw.

Il cibo è troppo salato.
The food is too salty.

common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant - salatot

C’è un capello nel mio piatto!
There’s a hair in my food!

Potrei avere del pane?
May I have some bread?

Il cibo è freddo.
The food is cold.

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Il mio coltello è sporco. Me ne può portare un altro?
My knife is dirty. Can you bring me another one? (formal)

Questa carne è molto tenera.
This meat is very tender.

Non ho ordinato questo piatto.
I didn’t order this dish.

Avete un menù per vegetariani?
Do you have a vegetarian menu?

Avete un menù fisso?
Do you have a set menu?

common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant - set menu

Avete un menù per celiaci?
Do you have a gluten-free menu?

Che piatto mi consiglia?
What dish do you recommend? (formal)

Qual è il piatto del giorno?
What is today’s special?

Cosa vi porto da bere?
What would you like to drink? (plural)

Una bottiglia d’acqua naturale, grazie.
A bottle of still water, thanks.

Una lattina di Coca Cola, grazie.
A can of Coke, thanks.

Quanto le devo?
How much do I owe you? (formal)

common Italian phrases to use at the restaurant - le devo

Può portarmi il conto, per favore?
Can you bring me the bill, please? (formal)

Prendo una “Capricciosa”, grazie.
I’ll have a Capricciosa pizza, thanks.

Può metterci sopra poca mozzarella?
Can you put little mozzarella cheese on the pizza? (formal)

Che dolci sono disponibili?
What desserts are available?

Può dividere il conto, per favore?
Can you split the bill, please?

Possiamo pagare conti separati?
Can we pay separately?

Possiamo mangiare fuori?
Can we eat outside?

Vuole ordinare?
Are you ready to order?

Sono allergico ai latticini.
I’m allergic to dairy foods. (m)

Volete l’antipasto?
Do you want a starter course? (plural)


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