Though most people think that they cannot get bad food in Italy, this is an occurrence that happens commonly. The disappointing thing is that the most common complaint is the bad food offered. Trying to find a good Italian restaurant is not as easy as you may hope. You are likely not going to spend all the time you have before taking your trip trying to research the good restaurants and making reservations. You need to make sure that you know the factors to consider when choosing an Italian restaurant.
Avoid going to the restaurants that have to lure you in. If the only way for the restaurant to lure you to them is by hiring staff members to make some banter; then this means that they do not have good food. They will tend to mention foods that you may be familiar with from the Italian restaurants back home. They will most likely also offer a welcome drink to their customers and have their menus in English. In most cases, the great restaurants are always fully booked and will not have space where you can be fitted in. You will not find anyone outside trying to lure people to come in.
You should select the menu that is only in Italian. You may feel intimated by this especially if you do not speak Italian. However, if the menu is translated into various languages, then it means they cater to tourist. In most cases, you are likely going to recognize a few dishes in the menu even when they are written in Italian. You can also choose to have a food phrase book with you. You are likely going to have an easy time using the phrasebook as it is translated to English, These phrase book will also include most of the dishes that you will find at these Italian restaurants.
When there is pizza offered at lunch time by the restaurant, then you should avoid going to it. Pizza is not a meal that Italians take at lunchtime. You should know that the restaurants that offer pizza at lunch mainly deals with tourists. Italian pizza must be prepared well in an oven that takes long to heat. The heating of the oven will need a lot of time and energy; many restaurants will not fire it up during the short time for lunch.
If you find that the restaurant is full of Italians, then that is the one you should go to. Most Italians do not speak English. You are likely going to find good food from the restaurant where most of the people and staff are speaking Italian.