What exactly is an Italian breakfast? From croissants and crepes to brioche and biscotti, these 10 Italian morning delicacies will transport you to Italy!
10 Yummiest Daily Italian Breakfast Foods You Must Try

1. Cappuccino

Cappuccino is another type of Italian coffee that is commonly drank during breakfast. The drink is produced with a double shot of espresso, creamy milk, and extra frothy milk.

Because it is greasy and heavy, Italians drink it as a stand-alone breakfast and do not drink it with other foods. However, the frequent assumption that Italians do not consume cappuccino after 11 a.m. is untrue.

So, if you want a cappuccino for lunch or supper, go ahead and enjoy one; no one will stop you!

2. Coffee

You don't have to travel to Italy to realize that Italians adore coffee, not only for breakfast but throughout the day.

A hot cup of coffee is the only way to start the day for Italians. They are responsible for the various sorts of coffee that we all love and enjoy.

But do you understand the distinctions between a macchiato, a latte, and other Italian coffee beverages? If not, allow me to:

  • Un Caffe' - The most basic espresso shot.
  • Caffe' al Vetro - An espresso served in a fine glass cup rather than a clay mug.
  • Caffelatte - An espresso served in a big glass-topped with milk.
  • Macchiato - An espresso shot with foamy milk on top. Macchiato is Italian for "stained" or "spotted."
  • Latte Macchiato — A milk-based drink with a shot of coffee served in a tall glass, it is the inverse of a macchiato.
  • Decaffeinato - Espresso that has been decaffeinated!
  • Caffe' Lungo — Diluted espresso. It is left in the espresso machine for a longer period of time than usual in order to be diluted with more water. This is known as Americano in the United States.
  • Cadde' d'orzo — A coffee substitute made from barley.


3. Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

If you don't want a coffee boost but still want a tasty hot beverage, try some hot chocolate.

I'm not referring to an instant powdered chocolate drink here. I'm talking about cioccolata calda, an extremely thick, chocolaty, pudding-like drink.

Italian hot chocolate is so rich and luscious that it can be served as a dessert. It's so thick that you'll need a spoon to drink/eat it!

It's no surprise, given that it's made with real chocolate, milk, and sugar. The chocolate is melted in a unique machine to create a delectable beauty.


4. Italian Biscuits

While the British like their biscuits with afternoon tea, the Italians enjoy them with coffee or milk for breakfast. Enjoy these crumbly delicacies with a steamy cup of coffee.


5. Croissants

Croissants are another French delicacy, but this delectable bread is also known as cornetto in Italy. Cornetto is Italian for "little horn," which perfectly characterizes the shape of the pastry.

Cornetto, on the other hand, is more softer and contains less butter than its French cousin.

You might be asking why croissants/cornetto aren't the healthiest breakfast option. So, how do most Italians maintain such a trim physique? The answer is straightforward: everything in moderation. They don't eat croissants for breakfast every day!

Rather, it's something people eat just when they're feeling really extravagant.


6. Brioche

Brioches are another type of Italian sweet dough dessert. They are commonly served with coffee at Italian pastry shops and cafes. Brioche can be eaten in a variety of ways, but the most common is with vanilla cream, jam, or almond paste.


7. Bread, Butter, and Jam

This combination is known as pane, burro, and marmellata in Italian. It's another traditional morning item that is frequently served with, you guessed it, coffee.

So, here's how to do it correctly: Spread a thin coating of butter on top of a slice of freshly made bread (any variety would do), then top with your favorite jam. Simple, but flavorful. Delizioso!


8. Italian Frittata

If you've ever had a breakfast casserole, quiche, or omelet, you'll be familiar with a frittata. This typical Italian breakfast is likewise egg-based and often includes meats, veggies, and cheese.

A frittata is similar to an unfurled omelet or a quiche without the crust.

Fun tidbit about frittata: the Italian term translates to "fried." It used to be used to describe any egg dish that was cooked in butter or oil.


9. Crepes

Although crepes originated in France, they are also popular in Italy.

They're known as crespelle. This Italian version is substantially thinner and crisper than the French version. However, just like French crepes, you can flavor it with sweet and/or savory fillings or garnishes.

Crespelle tastes great with Nutella, fresh fruits, chocolate, or spinach, mushroom, and ricotta cheese.

Here's an interesting tidbit about crepes: while they're today regarded an attractive dish, they were formerly thought to be a poor man's diet.

However, in 1895, a chef unintentionally served a far thinner form of pancakes to Edward the VIII, then Prince of Wales.

The young prince was so taken with it that he proposed named the dish after his companion, Crepes Suzette.


10. Biscotti

If you're looking for something nutty and crunchy to dip in your coffee, try biscotti! Biscotti are crunchy and tasty sweet almond-based biscuits.


Buon Appetito!

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