Problem is that the cover usually a footnote at the bottom of the menu page (and might only be printed in Italian) and many of the unaware are not going to see it and incur the cost. Generally safe to follow the "If the menu is printed in English and/or has photos of the food, go somewhere else."Venice no surprise, but although Positano is touristy, I never thought of it as that extreme, and would hope that even one-time visiting tourists would snub such a place.
Yes that latter advice is very sound indeed, even though on asking for 'il menu' in a restaurant in Rastignano, my tension went up a little when the waiter said "Non c'è, io sono il menu". FWIW I have eaten in a few good places that also have an English menu, but I don't recall anything decent with pictures of the dishes in the menu.Problem is that the cover usually a footnote at the bottom of the menu page (and might only be printed in Italian) and many of the unaware are not going to see it and incur the cost. Generally safe to follow the "If the menu is printed in English and/or has photos of the food, go somewhere else."
Far too true. Our story is a night out with a friends from Empoli where the patriarch of the family we were dining with insisted on ordering for the table. As he went down the list of items we would be enjoying, my wife and I both gave each other "the look" and whispered, "Did he just say 'trippa'??"The tension because it's a tough test of linguistic skills to not just listen and comprehend, but then to translate for one's partner, whilst also having to consider what we might want to eat ourselves.
I just thought it was part of the culture. Lot of places had it, and the locals weren’t up in arms. It’s like leaving mandatory tip in advance.
The first experience was way back in 1970s. I was accepting, since I noticed every restaurant was charinging that. It's like the way every country has a different habit of tipping. Absolutely no biggie.
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