MEALS

Hotels  serve a typical Italian breakfast .
Several also serve a more international menu consisting of eggs, cheeses and ham. These are not usually a part of the Italian breakfast, and are provided to cater to our guests’ tastes.
Menu choices are carefully and scrupulously planned by our staff to provide a variety of selections during the stay in Italy. 
 
Our experience has been that American students do not generally like fish, unless it is fried, and prefer pasta. Pasta in Italy is always served “al dente”, contrary, we find, to what is customary for visitors.
“Al dente” is a term which, literally translated is, “to the tooth”, or, “to the bite”, and refers to the need to chew the pasta due to its firmness. No respectable Italian will eat pasta any other way. It is part of our culture, so, you will be getting a “taste” of our culture.  
Young travelers also seem to be averse to pork cutlet, which is a common Italian meal, and veal, which they confuse for pork. Vegetables are not appreciated, while sweets and ice cream are their top choices.
 
Teachers’ tastes however, are very different and more sophisticated. They want to taste diverse foods, look for variety, and generally appreciate all foods. We have also found that food preparation of traditional Italian dishes in America is quite different than in Italy.

Therefore, when these are seen on a menu, travelers make reference to their knowledge of the American version. But, it is important to remember that an exported recipe or dish is going to undergo a transformation and taste differently than the actual Italian dish. Also noteworthy: the same recipe can be different from region to region, due to preparation, as well as from city to city.

Teachers are advised to prepare the students for the differences they will find in the foods, and encourage them to try new things.
Sharing meals in good spirits and with good friends always proves more rewarding and enjoyable if one is flexible and open minded.
 
Following are some examples of meals proposed to our guests.

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SECONDI PIATTI

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