In Rome, service can vary wildly from friendly and flawless to disorganized and inept. Katie has experienced the former at simple trattorias and the latter in fine dining establishments. In general, though, service is competent and friendly, but perhaps less so than in the US, where servers work for tips. It is also less efficient than in the US, where restaurants turn tables and have multiple seatings. If the service at a Roman restaurant is slow, it is likely that the servers don’t want to rush you (meals have a leisurely pace in Italy). Or that the kitchen is in the weeds–often the entire dining room gets sat at about the same time. One of the major bonuses of Roman service is that if you ask for suggestions or order the “wrong” dish, the server will likely be honest about it.