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Italian Words for Food

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Italian Words For Food

Food is important. And when traveling, eating out can also be a major part of your experience. There are a handful of food-related words you’ll want to get under your belt when you start your language-learning journey. Learning and understanding how to order at a restaurant, or asking for help in a grocery store, is a great place to begin. Here are a few key phrases:

  • I am hungry! = Ho fame!
  • I’m ready to order. = Sono pronto per ordinare.
  • I’ll have pizza please. = Prenderò la pizza per favore.

If you are going to the grocery store, these will come in handy:

  • Milk = Latte
  • Bread = Pane
  • Water = Acqua
  • Fruit = Frutta
  • Vegetables = Verdure
  • Meat = Carne

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