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Apr 26, 2007 10:20 AM

Menus in English - Perilli's, Colline Emiliane

Studying up on some general Italian phrases in regards to food items, etc. I can't think of anything worse than looking at a menu with no idea of what's on it.

Do most restaurants offer english versions or translations of their menus? I'm specifically referring to Perilli's, GINA, Colline Emiliane in Rome where we're planning on eating.

I just want to be prepared.

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  1. I'm pretty sure that Perilli does not. If you do find a menu in English, you might need a translator for that too! My experience of English menus in Rome is that they are pretty hilarious - not intentionally!

    1. I can confirm that Colline Emilliane does have English menus but the staff and owners do not speak much English. It has been my experience in Rome that almost everywhere I dined an English menu was presented without asking, although I prefer the Italian menu and speak Italian.

      On my first visit to Italy I purchased a pocket sized Italian menu guide book which proved quite useful and I still bring it along after many years of travel to Italy as every region has specialties with unique names and ingredients.

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      1. re: CiaoCane

        Do you use the Marling Menu-Master series (Italian, Spanish, and German options) or some other book?