Italy food budget

Old Mar 2nd, 2015, 07:06 PM
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Italy food budget

Hi all,

I am looking for an idea on a average daily budget (in euros) for food in Italy.

My and I wife are heading to Italy in May for 17 nights. Staying in Florence, Venice, Bellaria, Sorrento and Rome.

We will be eating out for supper most, if not all nights. This will include an alcoholic beverage. As for breakfast and lunch we will be doing a combination of eating in and eating out. Each place we are staying will have a fully functional kitchen.

Any suggestions on specific places to eat in these locations would be welcomed as well.

Thanks in advance!

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Old Mar 2nd, 2015, 07:33 PM
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Really, you can spend as much or as little as you would be comfortable spending. It is better to set a budget and then get recommendations for where to eat within at your preferred price range. It is very easy to spend more than 60 euros per person for dinner in Venice -- and even more than that -- but you can also eat much more cheaply if you want to.

It also matters whether sampling the foods of these places will be an important part of your trip. If you are just looking to have tasty food, and don't intend to be a "food tourist", then you can easily do that on a modest budget. But if you want to sample the specialities where they are prepared well, it can mean extra euros. Again, in someplace like Venice, or even parts of Sorrento or Rimini, if you want to eat a wonderful seafood meal and drink wine, it can be an expensive meal. But if you enjoy the idea of eating the local bar foods like the Venetians do, or pizza in Sorrento, of course that is very cheap.

Just as a tip, you will eat much better for less in Italy most of the time if you enjoy a big lunch but do a little shopping later in the afternoon so you can make simple meals at home, utilizing cheeses, sliced meats, some pre-cooked foods, fresh vegetables and fruits.
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I strongly second Sandralist's suggestion: make lunch your big meal. 20 euros will get you a solid meal, including wine and bread.

In the evening, start with an aperitivo (Rome, Florence) or cicchetti (Venice) bar - they offer local tapas and sometimes even a buffet for the price of a few drinks.

All you'll need after this is a light dinner or night time snack.

Florence had great and filling sandwiches also.

Finally, the neighborhood can make all the difference in price and quality. In general I had better luck in Trastevere (Rome) and Oltrarno (Florence) than smack dab in the center. To the point that I now believe that food is always better and more affordable 'across the river.'
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Our style was the same for our trip last year, having a full kitchen and usually eating only one full or multi course meal out each day and we probably averaged around 100 euros a day (for 2), including snacks/beverages/wine for the apartment and coffee/gelato/spritz breaks when out & about.

Our big meal was usually dinner when we were in the city because we were busy sightseeing during the day. In the small village we stayed in our big meal was sometimes lunch.
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You could get by M-F with 3 course lunch deals including wine but probably not coffee for E14 each.

If you eat Veggie your cost will be about 70% of eating with meat.

Local beer and jug wine will be very much cheaper than international beer brands and bottled wine. Often the first two options will be better than the last two.
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Thanks for all the advice. I think we will try to budget for around 150 in the hopes we only spend closer to 75-100 a day.
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