Chris Malumphy's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 9/7/19 1:55 PM
Love the update. 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.
Riknielsen's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 9/7/19 1:55 PM
If one is going to visit Italy, and plans to eat ANYTHING during that time, be sure to get this app. My visit is for three months, and this guide has been invaluable. If you like to cook, as I do, this is an absolute necessity. Whether you are buying food or going to restaurants, this is essential beyond helpful. Do yourself a big favor and download it.
50269's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
Terrible. Crashes upon opening. I have sent three emails to their support and have yet to receive a reply much less a solution. Finally received a return email giving me suggestions I had already tried. They did contact me again and gave me a refund, but no fix.
Jackie London's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
I love Italian food. I love Italy. I even love Italians. But every time I visit I end up ordering the same, small selection of things I know how to pronounce. Spa-ghe-tee. This menu decoder opened up a whole new world of Italian cuisine! It's got easy to use navigation to food types, regions and specific dishes. The history of phrases and foods is great - guess where "puttanesca" comes from. Overall, very well-written, helpful and fun.
italtrav's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
The overall info seems OK, and it's good that the authors keep up a running dialog in the Comment, and the pictures are often useful. But I very much dislike that vocabulary is strewn between various sections, forcing the reader to root around (is is under General? Restaurant Words? Bar Words? Cheese Words? I also find some of the navigation awkward, what with the General vocabulary split into 4 sections and some of the linked items leading to peculiar results (e.g. the link from 'all'amatriciana' leading to 'in bianco,' and a somewhat cryptic remark about sauces without tomato in them—whereas the name for an 'amatriciana' made without tomato sauce is alla gricia, which ought to be linked there but is not). Some of the choices for vocabulary entry are mysterious. E.g., alla gricia is found under gricia, but all'amatriciana is found under all', and alla milanese is found under alla, not milanese. Peculiar. So, good idea, needs work.
CohenKenny's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
Very useful and just what you need to figure out the menus in Italy. The app has an extensive list of terms. Filter by types of dishes or by region of the country. Now I won't feel so helpless in front of an Italian menu. Thanks for providing this. Highly recommended.
FranAnne's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
Easy to use and fun! Excellent organization; smooth navigation. Lots of ways to search--very cool structure. Provides way more than translation of menu terms: historical tidbits, background information and explanations that make ingredients/dishes come alive! Perfect decoder at the market, too--a huge bonus! The authors obviously love Italy and Italian food. Brilliant app! Far more than anticipated!
clsteiner's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
We recently bought this APP in preparation for our next trip to Italy. I only wish we had had it during our last trip, where we visited many small villages and often had no idea of what we were ordering - as the locals only spoke Italian and our knowledge of the language, as well as our Italian/English dictionary, were of little use. We have been enjoying the APP's lively and informative text, beautiful pictures and all of the extras (such as the 5 minute grammar lesson!) - while dreaming about all of the delicacies that await us. This book is a treasure for anyone who loves Italian food. And being the foodies that we are - we hope that the authors write a food APP for France and Spain soon!
May-ran's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
A real life saver in Italy, essential if you go off the beaten track and want to eat where the Italians eat!
Bucky Edgett's Review of Italian Food DecoderReviewed on 12/22/18 1:16 PM
The new version is much improved by a better Home screen that makes it easier to navigate. Everything you could possibly want to know about Italian cuisine is still here, with the inimitable style that made the Cadogan travel guides so much fun. Beautiful pictures add the finishing touch to an app that will make you crave a trip!