I am researching local or tourist-oriented facilities in regards of Food/Lodging industry.

Could you please clarify the difference among,

  • Bettola
  • Osteria
  • Taverna
  • Trattoria
  • Ristorante

And among

  • Locanda
  • Pensione
  • Albergo
  • Hotel

I did look all these words in Ragazzini's dictionary, but it is still not clear if there are socio-economical or cultural distinctions, a grading, or a scale of perception of values, not really economical, but of quality?

For example, I heard some would try first Trattorias first, before restaurants, as their "cucina" is supposed to be more genuine?

Thank you.

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    Welcome to Italian.SE!
    – Charo
    Aug 18, 2019 at 13:29
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    This is a related question which partially answers yours.
    – Charo
    Aug 19, 2019 at 15:28
  • Thank you for the welcome, and for the link. I did see that question, but I would need a clarification in relation to the full scope of those words. It would seem that, in context, they refer to specific realities of the Italian cultural and socio-economic landscape? Thanks again.
    – gsl
    Aug 19, 2019 at 16:46
  • Trattoria, Taverna, Osteria, Bettola: sinonimi? italianoquestosconosciuto.blogspot.com/2010/03/…
    – user519
    Aug 19, 2019 at 19:16
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    If anything, I suggest browsing the not exactly new either, but good dictionary of synonyms by Niccolò Tommaseo: for instance, here (see “taverna”) and here (see “osteria”).
    – DaG
    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:35

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Ciao, ora ti spiegherò la differenza:

Bettola: ristorante di paese, di basso livello, che serve piatti tipici e semplici (spesso con connotazione negativa)

Osteria: molto simile alla bettola, ma leggermente più raffinata

Taverna: dove vivo io si ha la tradizione di fare i pranzi nelle occasioni speciali oppure la domenica, è un posto spesso interrato e per il resto simile all'osteria

Trattoria: via di mezzo tra bettola e osteria

Ristorante: la forma più raffinata per esprimere il concetto di un luogo dove si va a mangiare.

Locanda: frequentemente una trattoria, ma anche delle camere, e' tutto piuttosto grezzo

Pensione: Alloggio semplice che provvede al tuo cibo a colazione, pranzo e cena, ma non è aperto a chi non soggiorna in esso

Albergo: Hotel, può essere molto ricercato come semplice e grezzo

Hotel: Uguale ad albergo, solo in inglese

Spero di esserti stato utile :D

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  • Thank you, this is clarifying, useful and instructive. I upvoted. Not sure why somebody downvoted, such answer to me is exemplary in completeness and clarity.
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