Ciao! At our last Parla Italiano “Professore” Gabriella taught us about un tipico pasto italiano (a typical Italian meal). In Italy, food is a very important part of life. Di che si parla oggi? (What will we talk about today?) Che domande…di cibo! (It’s obvious…food!)
La cucina italiana è famosa in tutto il mondo. (Italian cuisine is famous all over the world). Ma come si mangia il cibo italiano? (But how should we eat Italian food?)
Typical hours for an Italian meal:
Prima delle 10.00 am: COLAZIONE! 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm: PRANZO! 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm: APERITIVO! 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm: CENA!
I pasti principali sono il PRANZO e la CENA. In generale, il PRANZO è più sostanzioso della CENA. (The main meals are LUNCH and DINNER. Generally, LUNCH is a bigger meal than DINNER.) Unlike the typical North American breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast, Italian colazione typically consists of a capuccino and a biscotti or cornetti (the Italian equivilant of a croissant). The light breakfast keeps you hungry for Pranzo, a meal so important most shops close between 1-4pm. After work, many Italians enjoy a drink & an apertivo – a small serving of nuts,…
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