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Al fresco dining

Al fresco dining or dining alfresco is eating outside.


In temperate climates, al fresco dining is especially popular in the summer months when temperatures and weather are most favorable. It is a style of dining that is casual and often party-like in its atmosphere.[1]

In order to promote and accommodate the pedestrian activity and vibrancy associated with al fresco dining, some communities have passed ordinances permitting it, including the service of food and beverages to customers at pavement tables until late at night.[2]


The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for "in the cool [air]", although it is not in current use in that language to refer to dining outside. Instead, Italians use the phrases fuori ("outside", "outdoor") or all'aperto ("in the open [air]").[3] In Italian, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in jail.[4]


  1. ^ Stewart, Martha (June 26, 2009). "Dining Alfresco". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Upstate City Ok's Alfresco Dining". WYFF Channel 4. Internet Broadcasting Systems. June 15, 2009. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Preble, Keith (July 1, 2014). "Word of the Day: stare al fresco". Parola del Giorno. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dizionario dei modi di dire" (in Italian). Fresco. Retrieved June 27, 2017.