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Italy - meals "protocol"

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I've got some questions...I'd like to learn how a typical meal should flow.

1. Do you order all the courses you want at once, or do you order as you go?

2. If there is an antipasta 'buffet', do you serve yourself from it, or do you tell the waiter what you'd like? I think I understand it isn't 'all you can eat' style, rather you are charged according to what you eat.

3. Is it acceptable if you
a)don't order all the courses
b)ask to share a course (as long you are ordering more than just a shared course).

4. Can you ask for a half-portion? Is this very common? Is the price adjusted?

5. How is wine typically listed?
a) by the glass
b) by the full bottle
c) carafes or half-bottles (like in France)

6. If you want to tip a little, do you leave a couple euro on the table, or is it customary to hand to the waiter? Is 'rounding up' a common method (ex. 52E bill, leave 55E). Or do the Italians want us to knock it off and pay exactly the bill?

7. Is there a visual clue that only meals are being served vs. just drinks are OK ? (ex. bare table vs. tablecloth)

8. If you want (only) a primo and your companion wants (only) a segundo, do they come out at different times or together?

9. Is pizza actually a dinner item, or served at both lunch and dinner? Is it a faux-paux at dinner to pick up a slice by hand to eat it, or will I look more odd using my fork and knife?

I think that's it, at least until I press "post"... :) Thanks!

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