Food is one of the most significant focal points in Italy; if you are touring the country, watch this video for ways to find authentic Italian restaurants. Original Italian and tourist Italian foods have a few differences you might want to look for.
An 80%-90% Italian written menu is usually a sure way to know the restaurant is serving true Italian cuisine. Regional foods are also commonly served in Italian restaurants.
Tourist-focused Italian restaurants have more variety on their menu, giving diners lots and lots to choose from.
The fact that people all speak Italian is another giveaway that the restaurant is authentically Italian and will serve original Italian-style food. The locals are probably there, and the chances are that the restaurant is also an Italian family-owned place.
Italians are spot on and have a flair for fashion. If you are in an authentic Italian restaurant, the servers and other staff will be kitted out nicely and often will outshine your outfit. Check the schedule, as most authentic Italian eateries only serve lunch and dinner and are usually closed for the rest of the afternoon.
You will also notice in authentic Italian style; it takes more time to be seated and settled with the menu and service. But when Italians dine, it’s a complete social experience about being in the moment. There is no rush, and pretty much throughout the Mediterranean, there is more of a laid-back energy and less stress and rushing.
Enjoy touring and dining the Italian way.