By Erin Sullivan, FFE 2016-17
There are a lot of factors that make up a school; sports teams, clubs, academics, location. And one more very important part of the college experience: food. When studying in Italy, there is never a lack of places to find a cappuccino, a croissant, or a good meal. But while most of us are trying not to break the bank by eating out every night, the cafe is a good place to start looking.
As for the basics, there are two options when it comes to picking the meal plan. There is the half meal plan with 33 meals, and there is the full meal plan with 66 meals for the first semester. If you do the math, the full plan gets you one meal every day. With the hours of the caf during the week being 11:00am- 5:00pm (11:00am- 4:00pm on Fridays), that meal is usually lunch. When I first heard the meal plan only allowed us one meal a day, I was skeptical; but, I found that figuring out breakfast and dinner on your own is very manageable. And even though the cafe is closed on weekends, it’s not really something to worry about. Being obligated to cook my own meals helped with my cooking skills and taught me to be more independent. The half meal plan is also very doable, just be prepared to cook more often and pace yourself so you can make it last through the semester.
When I first went to the cafe, I admit I was surprised- in the best kind of way- I received way more food than I was expecting. A mixed plate can get you a long way; you can choose whatever you want, along with a drink!
As for the options, there is something for pretty much everyone. To name few: chicken nuggets, French fries, pasta, potatoes, peas, salad, rice, mixed vegetables, kabobs, ect. There are also all different kinds of panini, both meat and vegetarian options. Friday is seafood day. If you don’t like fish, Friday is also lasagna day.
The drinks offered include: natural and fizzy water, coke, pear and peach fruit juice. Certain drinks must be paid for, like Gatorade. Hot chocolate and candy bars also must be paid for separately from the meal plan.
But my favorite part must be dessert. There is almost always croissants and cookies to choose from; you only get one croissant (crema, cioccolata, marmellata, frutta…), but since the cookies are small, Adele will give you a few.
Tip for the cafe: try to ask for what you want in Italian! It is great practice and don’t be embarrassed as most of us are new to the language.