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Italian Menu Decoder

By Sutro Media

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* The ultimate Italian food translator & guide *

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 1800 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 -

What's New in Version 2.0.1

Lots of new content and software improvements!


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Customer Reviews

Decipher those Italian Menus with Aplumb

If only I had the benefit of this app when I was in Siena back in 1986. Then, my future wife ordered us mortadella sandwiches for a picnic lunch, perhaps the worst dining experience of my life, at least in Italy. With Italian Menu Decoder I would have avoided that catastrophic meal and the courtship may have run its course more smoothly.

Truth be told, I have dined with the authors of this app on several occasions, both in the states some 30 years ago, and abroad. I knew them when they could barely cook a kielbasa and did not have great sense of finer cuisine. But now that they have lived in Italy and France since 1985, and traveled extensively writing over 40 Cadogan tour guides and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on Italy, France, Greece and Spain, things have changed dramatically. To be invited to dine at chez Pauls and Facaros is a culinary delight. The starters themselves are worth the trip. Michael makes a mean aranchini and Dana’s exotic pizzas are beyond compare.

Italian Menu Decoder has strong merits. The recent update makes it even better. It deciphers not only the language and dialects that you’ll find on any Italian restaurant menu, but will also explain the cutlery, meats, pastas, ingredients and sauces that bring life to Italian cuisine.

If you dine Italiano frequently, or if you jut wish to learn more about Italian cuisine, this app is for you.

Absolutely everything you need to know

Including a whole bunch of stuff you didn't even know you needed to know!

The only problem is that I can get lost in this immense wealth of information just reading and looking at gorgeous pictures.

But when I want to look for something specific, the Filters and search take me there. So, it works, and whether in a restaurant, grocery, or anyplace else food is the object, this app will cover your back.

Not Just for Travel - a "Foodie" Must-Have!"

I love this app! I only used it a few times while traveling. Not only was it useful, but provided odd bits of history - leading me and my husband down the rabbit hole of Italian gastronomy. Since then I've used it several times with foodie friends just for the fun of it. Great app!

Italian Menu Decoder
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Food & Drink
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  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Size: 49.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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