In Italy, you can find a Cafè on almost every street corner. But pay attention: its italian name is “bar”. This is a place where Italians go every time they need an energizing break. Here you can find people have breakfast in the early morning or simply have a coffee all day long. Italian coffee is quite different from the one you can find in the rest of the world, and so are Italian habits about it. For example, the single word “caffè” means only a kind of coffee: espresso! Served in a very hot little ceramic cup, il caffè is short and very strong.
NOT ONLY ESPRESSO
If you want something different you have to specify it. You can choose among: caffè macchiato, an espresso with a dash of foamed milk, or a cappuccino, an hot drink prepared with espresso, milk, milk foam and a dusting of cocoa powder. It’s very similar to macchiato but bigger. Italians drinks cappuccino only for breakfast and in the early morning, never after lunch!
Furthermore, if you prefer a drink less strong than espresso you can have un decaffeinato, an espresso without caffeine, or un ginseng, a very popular coffee that is sweeter and with less caffeine than a common espresso. You can also have un caffè corretto, espresso with a shot of sambuca or brandy.
If you are in Naples, I recommend you try caffè nocciolato, espresso with a teaspoon of handmade hazelnut cream. During the summer, you have other alternatives to face the hot weather. For example, la crema di caffè, similar to a coffee ice-cream, or caffè freddo, cold sweet espresso, or una granità al caffè, a coffee snow cone usually served with handmade milk cream and a brioche. Remember: Sicily is the best place where you can taste granita!
COFFEE AROMA and fresh-baked smell
For breakfast, usually Italians have cappuccino e cornetto. Un cornetto is a croissant with chocolate, marmelade or cream inside. Bars also sell other puff pastries as trecce, saccottini or girelle. You can choose the one you prefer. As an alternative you can look for a cake or a tart or a brioche. In Naples you can eat graffa, a donut without frosting but only dusted with sugar. Italian breakfast is totally sweet. You can also have a juice but you never find eggs or bacon served in a bar for breakfast. A lot of hotel serve a kind of “colazione continentale” with all these things but it is something you can find only in hotel.