This question may come off as ridiculous but it is a topic that is weighing on my mind.
My husband and I are heading to Italy next week. We've done our best to learn some Italian as well as customs so we can be polite, respectful, and blend in as well as a tourist from the US can (leaving the white sneakers at home...wink).
My concern is about meals...my personal eating habits couldn't be more departed from the norm in Italy. I eat a large breakfast with a lot of eggs, I usually don't eat lunch but will have small bites or snacks throughout the day (if I do have lunch it is later, around 3:00pm), and finally my smallest meal of the day is dinner and I eat that by 6:30pm each night.
I know I'm out of luck on the large breakfast but I'll adapt. For lunch and dinner, are there places that serve smaller portions or am I expected to have at least two courses of food with every meal? Should I stick to enotecas, trattorias, or osterias? I know I'm going to have to adjust my eating times as lunch is earlier and dinner is later. To just add a touch of complication, I'm vegetarian (pescetarian, lacto-ovo).
I don't want to be rude nor do I want to make this trip about how I can morph an Italian experience into what I'm "used to" at home. What would be the point in that? I truly do want to try. I just want to know if there are options for people who just aren't used to eating large meals. Has anyone else with similar habits experienced this? Did you have problems adapting or was it as simple as "when in Rome"?
Sorry if this seems odd...for some reason this is the only thing that I'm concerned about.