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Lately I’ve been dreaming about food–Italian food to be exact. But not just any Italian food, the kind you can only enjoy when visiting the country itself. There is just no substitute for the simple, fresh ingredients used in each dish. The vibrant colors spoil your eyes and tantalize your taste buds–shades of green, reds, and yellows. Every single bite was savory and delicious!
A typical breakfast, or colazione, in Italy is a pastry of some kind, or bread and butter with jam, served with your choice of coffee. Many Italians enjoy their cappuccino at this hour. Drinking one after 11am, however, is simply not done, as it is seen as too heavy of a drink. Nonetheless, coffee, mainly expresso, is enjoyed at any hour, and is often taken quickly and while standing up at a local bar.
Lunch, or pranzo, is enjoyed around one o’clock in the afternoon. There are a variety of options, but I always enjoyed tasting regional specialities of the area.
Dinner, or cena, is the main meal for Italians and is typically served around 7:30. Most restaurants don’t get their dinner crowd until 9:30. Dinner is a time for socializing and enjoying each other’s company. The meals are never rushed and wine is plentiful. The meal begins with an antipasti, followed by primi, secondi, and finally finished with dolce. Expresso is common to have at the end of dinner, or a digestivo, such as Grappa, Sanbuca, or my favorite, Sciacchetra.
BUON APPETITO e SALUTE!
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