Italian Food Decoder

Italian Food Decoder

By Agorite

  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Release Date: 2013-06-24
  • Current Version: 4.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 218.80 MB
  • Developer: Agorite
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 20 Ratings


The ITALIAN FOOD DECODER is the perfect companion for exploring the world of Italian cuisine. This app provides instant translations of all the food names, terms and phrases commonly used in cooking. 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. The ITALIAN FOOD DECODER is comprehensive—some 6,000 words in all, including dialect words and local dishes from every region of Italy. The advanced search function allows you to instantly find the Italian word for anything, and easy navigation lets you puzzle through any restaurant menu in a snap. With so many regional styles and specialities, Italian cooking can be awfully mystifying (we've found over 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 ITALIAN FOOD 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 2000 articles for the most important dishes and specialities • 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 • Take it to the market and learn what you're looking at • Use it to decipher real Italian recipes • Lists DOC foods, and local specialities in the Slow Food 'Presidium' (was Ark of Taste) * About the Authors * Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are the authors of twenty-six Cadogan Guides covering every town and region of Italy; in 2018 they published the detailed Bradt Northern Italy: Emilia-Romagna guide and in 2019, their Bradt guide to Friuli Venezia Giulia was the first in English to the region; currently they are working on the Bradt guide to Umbria and Le Marche. They started back in 1986, bringing up their children in a tiny 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.



  • Decipher those Italian Menus with Aplumb

    By Chris Malumphy
    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.
  • Italian Food Decoder is a must

    By Riknielsen
    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.
  • Confused at the Coop grocery store, try Mangia to help

    By Bob Paolino
    I am living in Florence for two months. I am not fluent in Italian and this app has been a great help, I bring it with me on my iPad when I go grocery shopping at the local Coop grocery store which is huge with an endless variety of food some of which I have never seen. Now if only they would make an app to decipher menus!
  • Absolutely essential for visiting Italy

    By May-ran
    A real life saver in Italy, essential if you go off the beaten track and want to eat where the Italians eat!
  • Second edition even better!

    By Bucky Edgett
    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!
  • 5 stars are not enough!

    By Vol-au-Vent John
    This app is monumental. We travel to Italy all the time, and I can't count how many times it would have come in handy on previous trips - but so glad we have it now. Can't wait to take it to Sicily next month. Mille grazie, Dana and Michael!
  • Italian Food Decoder

    By 50269
    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.
  • Not Just for Travel - a "Foodie" Must-Have!"

    By YMoli
    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!
  • If you are going to Italy you need this

    By CohenKenny
    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.

    By Italian Prof
    This app is absolutely fantastic! I'm an Italian Instructor and although I'm quite fluent, there are times I look at an Italian menu, particularly in a regional part of Italy, and I am completely mystified. Regional diversity is a hallmark of Italian cuisine and unless you're at a tourist restaurant with everything written in four languages, (yuck! something that I avoid like the plague...) you may find the menus to be filled with local, regional and dialectical vocabulary and terminology. Absolutely unfathomable! This app addresses those issues beautifully. This is a very rich app, worth every bit of the $5. It goes from the basic to the very detailed. If you are just looking for "Survival Italian Restaurant Skills," this is for you, but for my purposes, it also addresses culinary regional diversity and takes the confusion out of ordering in restaurants, no matter what region of Italy you're in. The app is enhanced by thousands of photos that give life to those wonderful, obscure local food items and dishes. Pure joy! I miei complimenti a Dana e Michael! Buon appetito! - Susan Nus author of Italian Fluency