- A Typical School Lunch in Italy
School lunch preference. You will be surprised to see what Italy has on its school lunch menu.
Which School Lunch Would You Prefer?
When it comes to school lunches, there is a big difference in what the US considers a healthy lunch and what Italy calls the standard lunch.
The menus below speak volumes as to what is considered a healthy meal in Italy and the United States. In Italy, cafateria worker brings the lunch trays to the children’s table. They even sit down innen table clothes and place setting with dishes and water glasses. Water is standard and the children love it. The learn how to each in a social setting. The menus in Italy are set up two months in advance by the cantine management staff, and then sent to a certified dietitian who makes small “corrections.” The dietitian might take out a small chocolate éclair and replace it with a kiwi for dessert if she thinks there’s too much sugar that week. Or she may modify suggested menus by adding more or fewer carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, or protein to keep the balance right. Almost all foods are prepared right in the kitchen; they’re not ready-made frozen. This means mashed potatoes, most desserts, salads, soups, and certainly the main dishes are prepared daily. Treats are included — the occasional slice of tarte, a dollop of ice cream, a delicacy from the local pastry shop. Check out these photos of a school lunches being prepared on the premises. Below are photos and a description of one week’s worth of school menus, taken during the last few weeks of this school year in June. French elementary school students don’t go to school on Wednesdays, so that’s why there are only four meals!