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5 course Italian dinner

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by shezz, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. shezz New Member

    english
    Hi,
    Im hosting a 5 course Italian dinner being served in courses. I need to print menu cards. The Course name in italian and the Dish name in english. Can you please look at the following and advise. Im stuck on the beef couse.

    -L'antipastos (This will be a centre serving)
    olives , cheese , asparagus etc


    -Il primo, or "first course"
    Stuffed Ravioli


    -Il secondo, or "second course,"
    Sole in lemon butter sauce


    -Il contorno, or "side dish"
    Rocket and cherry tomato salad in balsamic vinegar.

    THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A BEEF FILLET WITH WILD MUSHROOMS , WHAT SHOULD THIS COURSE BE CALLED?


    -Il dolce, or "dessert,"
    Mixed dessert plate
     
  2. Blackman

    Blackman Senior Member

    Island of Sardinia, Italy
    Italiano/Sardo
    It's still a secondo. There are two of them in your menu of five courses, although contorno is not a real course. You can use portate for the whole menu, but it's not natural in Italian. Best thing to do is specify.

    Antipasto.
    Primo.
    Secondo di pesce.
    Contorno.
    Secondo di carne.
    Dessert/Dolce
    .
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  3. shezz New Member

    english
    Thankyou !!! :d
     
  4. Rayskath Junior Member

    English-American
    Shouldn't it be Gli antipasti? if you are serving more than one dish? Could one also say "I secondi?" if there is more than one second course?
     
  5. Blackman

    Blackman Senior Member

    Island of Sardinia, Italy
    Italiano/Sardo
    Indeed, but l'antipasto refers to the course, not to the antipastos themselves.

     
  6. charlotte73 Junior Member

    Dubai
    Italian
    BEEF FILLET WITH WILD MUSHROOMS : Filetto di manzo con funghi misti

    Ciao
     
  7. Rayskath Junior Member

    English-American
    Gramatically, So che tu hai ragione. But, I am sure in many Italian restaurants on the menus that I have seen the plural is often used for the course. Are they incorrect?
     
  8. Blackman

    Blackman Senior Member

    Island of Sardinia, Italy
    Italiano/Sardo
    Incorrect is a variable concept my friend...and usually menus aren't written by linguists...:)

     

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