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Restaurants in Italy-glass of tap water provided 'gratis" as in USA?

Restaurants in Italy-glass of tap water provided 'gratis" as in USA?

May 16th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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I can't tell you how many times I've asked and what they still bring is bottled still water. Many of those times they just seem to plead ignorance, but many other times they actually say they don't have any tap water -- duh? Makes me want to ask them how they wash their hands after using the toilet.
So honestly, I've given in to trying once, but if it becomes an issue, we just drink bottled water.
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May 16th, 2007, 03:11 PM
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Have you used the phrase "una carafa del'acqua del rubinetto"?

This is the phrase StCirq recommended on this thread.
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May 16th, 2007, 03:35 PM
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I can't speak for my experiences in Italy (even though I've visited it several times, as recently as Oct 2005), but in my recent trip to Germany, I asked the same Q: "How to order tap water in Germany?"

The response I got was the same - Germans don't order tap water. Even though I drink tap water here in the US, I went along the custom and ordered bottled water with each meal. Unfortunately, I don't really drink beer much, as beer is cheaper than bottled water.

Most places I visited were small towns with lots of locals. Everyone who ordered water ordered bottled water.

Yes, it added anywhere from €1,20 to €2 to my bill, but I'd rather go with what the locals do than not.

To the OP: Usually a large bottle of water is cheaper than 2 small bottles. So, for a group of family your size, I don't really anticipate you spending €32/day on bottled water alone.

NeoPatrick: I like drinking lots of water with my meals, and honestly, sometimes the bottle I got is not enough. But I usually carry a plastic bottle with me each day which I fill with tap water from the hotel in the morning. I'd wait until I leave the restaurant and then take out my own bottle of water and drink some more.
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May 16th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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In France, if you really can't bring yourself to ask for tap water, and like the fizzy kind, like me and, if you are given a choice, ask for Badoit Red (ba dwah rouge). Comes in a red bottle, and is really good, IMO.


No advertisement, I just like the stuff.

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May 16th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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I have to admit it...I ordered tap water in Venice. I was told it was not possible, I had to buy bottled water. So I did.

However, something seemed wierd about the grand display of opening the bottle. I let it pass, stupidly. At the end of dinner, mt son was spinning the cap and noticed globs of something inside the cap - looked like bacteria colonies. I didn't say anything - just wanted to get out of there.

The water scam in Italy is alive and well.
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May 16th, 2007, 03:48 PM
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I've heard that's why so many people order carbonated bottled water - it's much harder to fake that with tap water as opposed to still water.
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May 16th, 2007, 03:54 PM
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makes sense - you can hear it open. Too bad I don't like carbonated water. I have an idea...I'll just order wine!!!

Oh yeah - I had ordered wine that night anyway - the water was more for my son. Gross! I hate to think about what else there was floating around in there. amp;
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