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Quiz about A Tavola
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A Tavola! Trivia Quiz


The Cataphonics are pleased to invite you to an Italian dinner! Can you figure out how to say each of these items in Italian? Please note that the three wrong answers will be somehow related to each other.

A multiple-choice quiz by LadyNym. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
LadyNym
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
396,318
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
415
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 173 (10/10), Guest 12 (10/10), tosca17 (9/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Before we sit down to enjoy our meal, we need to get the table ready. In Italian, what would you call the cloth you put over the table? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. After the tablecloth is in place, you need some eating implements. On which of these would you serve your Italian food? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Unless you want to eat with your hands, you'll need some cutlery (or silverware, if you are from the US). Which of these would you use to cut a juicy Italian steak? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. And now you need drinking vessels! What item would you fill with a nice Italian Chianti or Prosecco? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Speaking of drinking, what would you ask for if you prefer not to drink any alcohol with your Italian meal, or if you are just thirsty? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Italians don't use bottled salad dressings, so on the table you will find two small bottles containing two different liquids. What's the name of the tangy, generally red-coloured one? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. A couple of small shakers on the table contain two different seasonings for your Italian food. What would you reach for if you wanted to add some spice? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Italian-style bread rolls are the perfect accompaniment to all the delicious food you are eating. What would you ask your dinner neighbor to pass you if you wanted one? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The food was more than plentiful, but still you managed to make room for dessert. Which of these words refers to something you might you be served at the end of an Italian meal?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Time for coffee! If you don't want to take it black as many Italians do, what would you ask your host for? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Before we sit down to enjoy our meal, we need to get the table ready. In Italian, what would you call the cloth you put over the table?

Answer: tovaglia

"Tovaglia" means "tablecloth", and "tovaglioli" is the world for "napkins". Tablecloths are commonly used in Italy, both in restaurants and at home, especially in more formal settings. "Abito" (dress or suit), "stivale" (boot) and "sciarpa" (scarf) are all items of clothing or footwear.
2. After the tablecloth is in place, you need some eating implements. On which of these would you serve your Italian food?

Answer: piatto

"Piatto" means "plate", and is obviously a cognate of the English word. Dessert plates and saucers are called "piattini". "Scodella" refers to the indented plate (not as deep as a bowl) in which pasta, rice and soups are generally served. "Vaso" (vase), "lume" (lamp) and "quadro" (framed picture) are all objects you would use to decorate a room.
3. Unless you want to eat with your hands, you'll need some cutlery (or silverware, if you are from the US). Which of these would you use to cut a juicy Italian steak?

Answer: coltello

"Coltello" means "knife", while "forchetta" is "fork", and "cucchiaio" is "spoon". If these items come in smaller sizes (such as dessert forks or butter knives), you would use the diminutive forms, such as "coltellino", "cucchiaino" and "forchettina". "Armadio" (wardrobe), "cassetto" (drawer) and "tappeto" are all furnishings you might find in a bedroom.
4. And now you need drinking vessels! What item would you fill with a nice Italian Chianti or Prosecco?

Answer: bicchiere

"Bicchiere" means "drinking glass", though the Italian word refers to the shape and purpose (no handle, and used for drinking cold liquids) rather than the material, as English and French do. For instance, a paper or plastic cup would be "bicchiere di carta" or "bicchiere di plastica". "Giornale" (newspaper), "libro" (book) and "rivista" (magazine) are all things you can read.
5. Speaking of drinking, what would you ask for if you prefer not to drink any alcohol with your Italian meal, or if you are just thirsty?

Answer: acqua

This shouldn't be too difficult, as the word "acqua" (water) has many cognates in English, such as the adjective "aquatic". Italians drink a lot of mineral water, which in most cases comes from natural springs. You can expect to see bottles of mineral water at the table - both "liscia" (still) and "gassata" (sparkling). "Erba" (grass), "fiore" (flower) and "foglia" (leaf) all belong to the plant kingdom.
6. Italians don't use bottled salad dressings, so on the table you will find two small bottles containing two different liquids. What's the name of the tangy, generally red-coloured one?

Answer: aceto

If you know that vinegar is diluted acetic acid, then figuring out what "aceto" means should not be too hard. Red wine vinegar (aceto di vino rosso) is the one generally used to dress salad, while the white one (aceto di vino bianco) is rather used for pickling.

The other liquid, thick, and greenish-yellow in colour, is "olio" - obviously extra-virgin olive oil. No self-respecting Italian would put anything else on salad! "Aglio" (garlic), "basilico" (basil) and "rosmarino" are essential seasonings if you want to cook real Italian food; however, you do not generally put them on salad.
7. A couple of small shakers on the table contain two different seasonings for your Italian food. What would you reach for if you wanted to add some spice?

Answer: pepe

Another word that is very similar to its English counterpart, "pepe" means "pepper"; the other shaker will contain "sale" (salt). If you like things even spicier, you might ask for some "peperoncino" (chili pepper), which is mostly used in the cuisines of central and southern Italy. All the other items are not edible at all, though you might find them in your tool box: "vite" means "screw", "chiave" is "key" and "bullone" is "bolt" (as in "nuts and bolts").
8. Italian-style bread rolls are the perfect accompaniment to all the delicious food you are eating. What would you ask your dinner neighbor to pass you if you wanted one?

Answer: panino

"Panino" (diminutive of "pane", bread) is another word that should be familiar to most English speakers. It can mean either "dinner roll" or "sandwich"; what is known as "panini" (which is the plural form) in English-speaking countries is called "toast" in Italy. "Pollo" (chicken), "agnello" (lamb) and "tacchino" (turkey) are all kinds of meat, as well as the corresponding animals.
9. The food was more than plentiful, but still you managed to make room for dessert. Which of these words refers to something you might you be served at the end of an Italian meal?

Answer: budino

"Budino" is the Italian word for "pudding" - meaning a creamy dessert you generally eat with a spoon. The very popular "panna cotta" is a kind of budino, as is "crème caramel" (also known as flan). All the other words refer to items you can find on a bed: "cuscino" means "pillow", "lenzuolo" is "sheet", and "piumone" is "duvet" or "comforter".
10. Time for coffee! If you don't want to take it black as many Italians do, what would you ask your host for?

Answer: latte

As many English-speaking tourists have had to learn, "latte" in Italian means plain milk - not those coffee-based drinks made famous (or infamous) by Starbucks and their ilk. Most Italians will drink coffee black, or with a bit of sugar ("zucchero"), though sometimes they might order a "caffè macchiato" - with a drop of hot or cold milk. "Piede" (foot), "gamba" (leg) and "occhio" are all parts of the human body.
Source: Author LadyNym

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