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A Guide To Ordering Breakfast in Italy

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A Guide To Ordering Breakfast in Italy
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A Typical Italian Breakfast

Italians usually have a cup of coffee (a cappuccino or an espresso) and a sweet pastry (a cornetto) for breakfast. Pastries are plain or filled with a fruity jam or with chocolate. In Italy, people do not have eggs and cheese for breakfast. An Italian breakfast is typically sweet.

Where To Order Breakfast In Italy

You can eat breakfast at a bar. If you’re just getting coffee, you drink it while standing up. You can also ask for a table, but it may come with an extra fee.

How To Order Breakfast in Italian

You can say simply say “un caffè per favore” if you’re ordering an espresso or “un cappuccino per favore” if you specifically want a cappuccino. Pastries on display usually come with labels, so I would simply point to what I want and read its name.

A Guide To Italian Coffee

Italian Coffee

Not sure which coffee to order? Check out this guide to Italian coffee:

1. Espresso or Caffe

An espresso is a small amount of very strong black coffee.

2. Cappuccino

A cappuccino is an espresso topped with hot, frothy milk. Italians do not drink cappuccino (coffee with frothy milk) in the afternoon or evening.

3. Caffe Doppio

A caffe doppio is the double amount of the normal espresso.

4. Caffe Lungo

A caffe lungo is a larger less concentrated amount of espresso.

5. Caffe Americano

A caffe americano is a full cup of black coffee.

6. Corretto

A corretto is an espresso with a dash of grappa (or some other spirit).

7. Macchiato

A macchiato is an espresso with a small amount of milk.

8. Latte Macchiato

Latte macchiato is milk with a spot of coffee.


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Hannah Carmela is the author of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty, travel, and motherhood. She is a work-at-home mom and teacher to Leon and Lucas. She is married to her college sweetheart. Her family currently lives in Siena, Italy.


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  1. I’m a big fan of Italian style breakfast. Although, from time to time I do indulge in a typical Canadian-style breakfast! 🙂

    1. Describe a typical Canadian-style breakfast please!

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  4. I am awful , I know breakfast is the most important meal etc but like you describe I’m happy with just a hot drink #BlogCrush

    1. Yes, coffee is life! <3

  5. this was informative! i’d love to visit italy one day

    1. Thanks, Jasmine!

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