|Pasticceria Vannelli, our favorite in Toscana|
- "Bars" in Italy are cafes and they are everywhere! The are usually quite small and have only a handful of tables. A pasticceria is a pastry shop that also serves coffee.
- Usually you go to the register and pay first then take your receipt to the barista who will make your drink. If you want a brioche (pastry), a typical Italian breakfast, order that while at the register as well.
|Un caffè at Bar Mulino in Positano|
- Your morning coffee is usually "taken" standing up at a bar and often accompanied by a delicious brioche. If you want table service there is a cover charge for doing so.
- Cappuccino and milk based drinks are for the morning, espresso in the afternoon and after meals. If you want to be sure to labeled as a tourist, order a cappuccino in the middle of the afternoon!
- If you order a lattè you will get a cup of milk, if you want coffee order a lattè macchiato or milk with espresso.
- If you order "un caffè" you will be served an espresso - unless you look like a befuddled tourist then your order will be confirmed, "Espresso?"
- An "Americano" is not American drip coffee but the Italian way to satisfy the needs of Americans who think bigger is better by adding water to shots of espresso and serving it in a large cup.
|A simple macchiato is espresso with a dollop of steamed milk|
|Un cappuccino e brioche, a typical Italian breakfast!|
- Coffee is not taken to go, and it is always served in the proper china on a saucer accompanied by a small spoon. Sugar, and the dreaded artificial sweeteners for the tourists, are on the bar.
- Whole milk is the norm. Touristy bars in big cities that are catering to Americans may offer something else but it is rare.
Un cappuccino alla mia cucina!