Letter from Italy: say no to cappuccino during or after a meal - guardian.co.uk | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Having a cappuccino after a meal in Italy isn't considered sacrilege or barbarism or heresy or a crime, though you can be forgiven for sometimes getting an impression of that sort. No, it's simply un-Italian. The Italian reaction to this visceral affront can go from stoic forbearance to a furrowing of the brow, right to hyenic derision or a theatrical churning of the stomach.

Cappuccino here is generally considered a breakfast component, very often taken with a brioche – the now staple Italian breakfast – and most typically in a bar or cafe. Cappuccino can also be had as a snack in between meals, but never after one.

Simply put, ordering a cappuccino in a pizzeria is like yelling out for a bowl of breakfast cereal. You wouldn't do it. Would you?

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