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100 Italian Food/Drink Words And Phrases

Posted: 01/17/12 08:29 AM ET

If you haven't eaten your way across Italy yet, consider the advice of someone who has. Italian food varies dramatically from region to region, but you can rest assured that you will find pasta, wine, espresso and gelato wherever you go.

We, however, suggest stepping out of your culinary comfort zone to try all (or almost all) that the country has to offer. Here is a guide to the basics. When it fails, your best bet is to order what the guy next to you is having -- "prendo quello che ha preso lui."

If you still have room left in your brain? Brush up on your Français food and drink essentials with 100 French Food/Drink Words and Phrases.

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• Caffè - an espresso
• Cappuccino - a breakfast beverage not to be ordered after lunch or dinner
• Macchiato - an espresso "stained" with milk foam
• Caffè shakerato - an espresso shaken over ice forming a frothy summer treat
• Caffè corretto - an espresso "corrected" with a shot of liquor, often grappa
• Grappa - distillate made from grape pomace, the leftovers from wine-making
• Caffè americano - an espresso served in a cappuccino cup with hot water on the side not to be mistaken with...
• Un americano - an aperitivo of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda
• Cornetto - an Italian croissant also referred to as a "brioche" in Northern Italy
• Succo di frutta - fruit juice
• Spremuta d'arancia - fresh-squeezed orange juice
• Un bicchiere d'acqua - a glass of water
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