food menu update

FW Food Menu v1.6.0 - cascading menu

In this release, we have come up with a few significant new features which will streamline user experience. We have also implemented a series of bugfixes. Let’s review all changes below:


  • Cascading Menu Layout. This feature allows breaking your menu into categories’ tabs allowing to easily switch between multiple categories within the menu. As a result, you create a menu that works differently and looks more organized and structured.

  • Promo options display in a category filter. We have added a parameter which helps to show only deals on the separate page. You can choose to display either all promo options or the specific ones. 

  • Native Food Menu CSS file in the admin section. We have added the native Food Menu CSS file in Admin section so you could edit Food Menu CSS styles directly via Joomla admin panel.


  • Renamed Default design to Italian. Following our customers' requests, we have renamed Default design to Italian. The Default title caused confusion with a default option that sets a priority between menu item and global settings.   

Bug fix:

  • Category Layout title display. Fixed the display of menu item title.

  • Category Module design and title display. Fixed the display of the module design and title.

  • Descriptions for CSS Style section. Added descriptions to CSS Style section to help understand how to customize CSS to avoid loss after updates.

  • Removed decimal zeros from menu prices.  The menu prices displayed with decimals which make no sense. 

Get familiar with FW Food Menu documentation to find more information about our product. Please use the comments section at the bottom of each documentation page to comment and suggest improvements that will make the product experience better.

FW Food Menu: Italian Restaurant

In this article, we will review the Italian restaurant showcase we created with FW Food Menu. A good online menu maintains loyal customers, attracts new customers, and establishes your brand outside physical location.

Building a restaurant online menu shouldn’t be a time-consuming or difficult task. FW Food Menu is a sound solution to creating effective and working Joomla based restaurant menus.

Reading Time: 10 mins. Implementation Time: 40 mins.

The showcase can be applied to any other restaurant type - family style, fine dining, fast food, etc. The only difference will be in meals’ types and the number of categories you will need to create. We will describe each section of the menu, its elements, and the business idea behind each element. Make sure to understand that to proceed with creating the same menu you need to prepare media content and install FW Food Menu to your Joomla platform. To learn how to get started with FW Food Menu, review our Getting started documentation page. If you have media content and FW Food Menu in place, it takes less than an hour to create a similar online menu. The overall process for creating such a menu looks as follows:
  1. Prepare media content - meal images grouped by categories/subcategories.

  2. Install FW Food Menu to present your online menu with a simple and elegant design that fits your business idea.

  3. Create the required categories/subcategories to show different meals inside them.

  4. Display all meals to show their images, pricing terms, portion sizes, and descriptions.

  5. Configure promo options to highlight and style specific meals.

Check out our Italian Restaurant Guidefor more details on configuring Italian Restaurant menu. Let’s review a cascading design of the Italian restaurant menu below.

Cascading menu 

The menu for the Italian restaurant showcase is created based on the cascading menu layout. Thе layout allows to display all menu categories in the separate tabs placed at the top of the menu. Tabs help organize the content into categories to help users easily navigate the menu and find what they need by switching between the tabs. It is also a  good way to save page space. 
Here you can see the following elements:
  1. Menu item title. A title of the restaurant.

  2. Categories titles. All categories you have created are displayed as tabs at the top of the menu. 

  3. Meal image. Upload meal images to ensure that your menu looks attractive and appetizing.

  4. Meal title. Specify the title of the meal.

  5. Meal description. Add a description for each meal to provide your customers with more information about the meal.

  6. Labels. Specify additional information for each pricing term using the dedicated pricing grid labels.

  7. Prices. Add as many pricing terms as it is needed for a meal.

  8. Meal of the day promo. Use Meal of the day promo to highlight specific meals with a grey box and green sticker.

  9. New special promo. Highlight your new special meals with a blue sticker.

Creating a good-looking restaurant menu with FW Food Menu doesn’t require coding or development expertise. We have clearly outlined all steps required for creating such a menu in our Italian Restaurant guide. Should you have any problems while configuring the menu, feel free to ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of the documentation page.

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