If, like me, you love Italian espresso coffee, then ordering a coffee couldn’t be easier. “Un caffè, per favore?” Job done.
But if you’re from the other side of the Big Pond, and you’re expecting your usual pint of black, coffee-flavoured water, hotter than the surface of the sun, then you might start to get a little edgy when you see the tiny little cup placed in front of you.
In fact, if you’re from the N.American subcontinent, and you’re after a ‘long black’ or a ‘skinny latte’, then this article is of no use to you whatsoever. Sorry.
What you’ll need to know is, if you want a long black, ask for an Americano, and if you want a latte, ask for an ‘Americano con latte, per favore’.
Oh, and another thing: don’t be surprised if you get a horrified look when you ask for a cappuccino at lunch-time or at 5 in the evening. The cappuccino is strictly a breakfast coffee, and some places will flat refuse to make you one after 10am!
Sounds weird, but what can I tell you? Italians love coffee and they have very strict rules about these things. So, if you want a pint of brown, flavoured boiling water, you could always bring some instant coffee to Italy with you? There’s a good reason Starbucks haven’t made it to Italy yet. They won’t last 5 minutes!
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Shared by Simon @ patrignone.com