Small, neighborhood grocery store. They are everywhere and they are charming and helpful. Everything from toilet paper, water, sodas, wine (under 5 Euros!), produce, breads, cheeses (cut to order), bottled tomato sauce (pilati), salty snacks and biscotti (packaged cookies) and deli meats. The literal translation of alimentari is food. Everything you need to stock your rental villa's fridge or for a picnic is here.
Bread baker (also, Panettiere, Panetteria or Forno--literally, oven), usually referring to a larger bread bakery. Forno Antico usually designates a bakery with older, historic, wood fired ovens that makes regional breads, but also may offer other things such as pizza, foccacia, tarts (savory or sweet) and pastries.
Pastries, cakes (sometimes bread)
Wine shop (in our experience, mostly packaged tourist wines. Supermarkets and alimentari also have wine and liquors)
Frutta e Verdura
Fruits and vegetables, Also Frutteria.
Ice cream (gelato and other frozen treats) Because many gelateria are open during riposa (the 2-3 hour lunch closure), we found many in smaller towns also offer light lunch snacks.
Dairy (milk, butter, cheese). Also, Cremeria.
Cold cuts, cheese, salami, some canned goods (also called a Pizzicheria in some regions)
Fresh meat, salami, and sausage
Take out and eat-in roasted foods, usually meats and vegetables
Supermarket. Some are national brands, like Carrefour, Coop, Crai, Essalunga, Auchun and Conad. These stores can be very large and located just outside town centers, while others are smaller. In cities you will see very small looking supermarket entrances, but they open up into much larger spaces. Bring a cloth or mesh bag and bag your own groceries. They charge for plastic shopping bags. Wear the provided plastic gloves when picking produce.
Pizzeria. Many offer other dishes for lunch and dinner, and some are now offering pizza by the slice, or "al taglio".
Espresso or cappuccino for breakfast with pastries; sandwiches for lunch. Especially in smaller towns, this type of shop is the only place for you and your family to find something lunch. Most Italians (even working in restaurants) go home for 2-3 hours from 12-3pm for riposa, similar to a siesta. Tabacchi
Tobacco products, lottery machines, various sundry items.
Often combined as Bar-Tabacchi.
(Unlike in U.S. cities, where "bottega" is specifically used to mean a local, small grocery store, in Italian, the word literally means "shop", and can have another word attached to describe what type of products it carries.)
Tavern, often with simple food choices like sandwiches, pizzas, foccacia, especially during Serenissima, or Happy Hour. Also, Taverna or Trattoria.
Sandwich (panini) shop.
In Sicily, a street vendor or small shop selling chick pea fritters and sandwiches.
Just what it sounds like.
Non Food Stores
(Note: the word Negozio means Shop.)
Dry goods, canned goods, kitchen and household items. Even though it might sound like it, this is not a drug store.
Hair dresser (women)
Laundry-Dry Cleaners (Drop-off service, often hard to find. As a local).
Lavanderia a Gettone
Laundromat (There are some chains, like Ondablu or Ecolava, but many are independent shops, often difficult to find. Once again, ask a local.)
Stationers, office supplies, paper goods.
Negozio di Abbigliamento
Negozio di Giocattoli
Toy shop. Also, Giocheria.