Now that you have stocked your kitchen with the necessary ingredients from our Ingredients list, mastered how to go Back to the Basics of building flavor, and learned how to Set the Stage in an Italian meal with various courses-- it's time to prepare your dinner table!

Setting the table for an Italian meal is simple and enjoyable, just like the food! When preparing an Italian dinner, it is important to know that the table is set for a leisurely dining experience. In order to dress your table like an Italian, it only takes a few items to prepare the table for a delectable evening with Italian cuisine!

What You’ll Need:

Tablecloth: the tablecloth is usually a white or a pale colored linen.

Centerpiece: the center piece can be either flowers or fruit in order to add a pop of color to the table.

Wine: wine is an essential item for any Italian meal. Italians usually pair white wine with fish and red wine with meat.

Utensils: The forks are placed on the left: the furthest one away is for the salad and the one closest to the plate is for the dinner. The dinner knife is placed to the right of the plate and the soup spoon is placed to the far right of the knife. The dessert spoon and dessert fork are above the dinner plate, horizontally.

Plates: the dinner plate is placed on the table when the course is served and the salad plate is to the left of the forks.

Wine glass and water glass: the wine glass sits above and to the right of the water glass, which is placed near the hand. 

Napkin: the napkin is placed on the plate or to the right of the knife.

Buon Appetito!

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