Italian Menu Decoder

Italian Menu Decoder

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This new app will be a perfect companion for exploring the world of Italian food. It's comprehensive—some 6,000 words in all, including dialect words and local dishes from every region of Italy. Easy navigation lets you puzzle through any restaurant menu in a snap.

And it's much more than just a dictionary. In-depth entries for all the important words offer background, with descriptions of what's in a dish, where it came from, what goes good with it and who does it best. With so many regional styles and specialities, Italian cooking can be awfully mystifying (we've found some twenty words for chanterelle mushrooms), but this app will help you sort out the local peculiarities as well as the hundreds of varieties of cheeses, charcuterie, fish, pasta shapes and the rest.

The Menu Decoder is an education in everything Italian in a fun, accessible form. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned Italophile, it is bound to increase your enjoyment and appreciation of one of the world's great cuisines. Buon appetito!

—over 1900 major entries for the most important dishes and other terms; more than 3500 photos
—special lists of cookware and tableware words, cuts of meat, cheese and wine terms and other topics
—links to food sites, blogs and recipes, and to Italian food festivals
—sortable by type of food, or geographical region
—take it to the market and learn what you're looking at
—use it to decipher real Italian recipes from the web
—lists DOC foods, and local specialities in the Slow Food 'Ark of Taste'

In the future, free, periodic updates will make the Italian Menu Decoder even better and more complete. It's a bottomless subject—make sure to drop us a line (you can do so directly on the app) if you find anything we have missed!

★ About the Authors ★

Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are the authors of twenty-six Cadogan Guides covering every town and region of Italy. They started back in 1986, bringing up their children in an Umbrian village while exploring the country. Italy soon had its way with them, turning them (and the children) into hopeless, unrepentant foodies. In their travels, they always enjoyed taking notes on regional specialities and obscure delights, and these became the basis of this app.

★ About Sutro Media ★

This guide is published in partnership with Sutro Media. By enabling local writers to share their expertise on mobile phones, Sutro Media is making it easier and more fun to explore the world!

If you have any problems, comments, or suggestions for improvement, we'd love to hear from you - letusknow@sutromedia.com

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Comments and ratings for Italian Menu Decoder
  • (72 stars)

    by Cindy Tong on 26/02/2014

    Lots of good information, but hard to navigate without "search"

  • (72 stars)

    by Susan Young on 14/02/2014

    Amazingly thorough, and far more than a mere menu translator...it should be called an encyclopedia.

  • (72 stars)

    by Maura Flynn on 01/08/2013

    An absolutely delightful, versatile, and useful app. Through thousands of text entries and colorful images, all of which can be linked through various filters, this app describes regional dishes, ingredients, and wines, including cuts of meat, types of cheeses. cookware and tableware, food festivals, and even a five minute grammar lesson to enhance the non Italian speaker's enjoyment of navigatin

  • (72 stars)

    by Jackson Pauls on 03/07/2013

    Been browsing this app trying to come up with anything it may have missed, and can't fault it. It even has pictures of all the entries, and some of the write-ups (like pane di Terni) made me laugh out loud. This will be getting heavy usage next time I go to Italy - and next time I make it to a decent Italian restaurant!