Ok, now let me take you for a coffee in Rome! When it comes to the wonderful coffee moments Romans will definitely insist on all the trimmings! There are things you only do in Italy and there are things you never do with coffee in Italy, so much the same when we talk about its capital city.
Firstly, let me start with confusing you a little bit. How do think Italians name their cafes? Yes, the places where they drink coffee and have breakfast? Well, they call them BARS. Nice to meet you! A bar is a café in Italian. That makes sense when we recall the word “barista”. Initially, barista is supposed to work with coffee, not with beer. Only in Rome things got clear for me about the origin of the word “barista”. So, in Italy baristas have a good and logical place for them - bars. They prepare coffees and don’t serve beers, which now totally makes sense!
I must say that Italians relate a different drink to each part of the day. In the morning, they have either macchiato or cappuccino. And who would believe they can’t imagine the possibility of having it at any other time. It’s almost criminal! Ok, kidding, but mind you that if you are an agent 007 pretending to be an Italian, by doing differently you will be quickly identified as not the one.
Italian breakfast. What is it and how does it look like? A normal breakfast for a normal Italian looks exactly like a cup of cappuccino and a pastry. But remember - strictly before 10:30! The pastries are numerous and depend on the area of Italy you are in and pastries are a whole new ball game for those who want to become the connoisseurs.
I find it so sweet to be so super serious about timing and meals, which are a very big deal in Italy. The citizens eat exactly at the same time every day and if you are a picky person and you get hungry in between you will stay even hungrier. Good cafes and restaurants go exactly with the traditional timetable and if something is open at the “wrong” hours, it means it’s a totally touristic place!
Italian cafes usually have breaks between the meals and here is the daily timetable to avoid drama:
From 8:00 to 10:30 is colazione, which means breakfast.
From 12:30 to 14:00 is pranzo, which is lunch.
From 6:30 to 22:00 is cena or we call it dinner time.