3 Paying for drinks and snacks
In many Italian bars and caffès, particularly the more upmarket ones in cities, or in train stations and airports you go to the cash desk (la cassa) first and say what you want. You pay and are given a receipt which you then give to the person serving, repeating your order. In fact, there is often a sign (un cartello) telling you to go the cash desk first, pay the cashier (il cassiere / la cassiera) and get a till receipt (uno scontrino). The sign might say something like Si prega di fare lo scontrino alla cassa (‘Please obtain a receipt [first] from the till’) or simply Si prega di pagare alla cassa (‘Please pay [first] at the till’).