New app translates Italian menu into English

Tourists in Italy get help with menus

A new menu translation app has been launched to help Italy's tourists translate Italian menus into English. The iOS app Translate A Menu: Italy Food Dictionary contains over 5,000 Italian food terms designed to help foreign visitors with ordering restaurant meals in Italy, while its reverse search option translates food terms from English into Italian.

A team of Italian writers spent two years building up the culinary dictionary which it claims is superior to the multitude of translation apps already available. The developers say their product provides correct culinary terms rather than the literal translations offered by other apps.

They cite the example of Milanese speciality ossobuco, which other apps translate into English as "bone hole" instead of braised veal shank.

The app is free to download and also works offline. For more details see iTunes website.