pane e coperto

“Pane e coperto”: service charges in Italian restaurants

26 Sep 2011

“Pane e coperto” literally means “bread and tableware” but it is essentially a service charge that restaurants add to the bill for each guest. It is one of the most controversial issues in travel forums. I say it’s part of the Italian way of life, and we have to learn to live with it.

Pane e companatico: bread in Tuscany

15 Jun 2009

It was once very common to hear people talk of “pane e companatico”, meaning essentially “bread and whatever goes with it”. Bread has a central role in the Italian culinary tradition. In Italy there are 200 different types of bread which can be classified in 1500 subtypes.