Cappuccino after dinner? A-ok or a no-no for "authentic" Italian dining?
I was always taught that cappuccino is a breakfast drink,but I keep finding that Italian restaurants, even high end white tablecloth establishments, serve cappuccino after dinner. Do folks in Rome cap off a meal of bolognese and broccoli rabe with cappuccino? Or is this an instance of Americanization of foreign foods?
I think they think it's a little weird but I have often asked and never been refused in Italy.
I just returned from Italy and it's generally not done. I actually heard a waiter tell someone in our group after dinner that "no",cappuccino was not available".
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I travel to Italy often. Cappucino is not the traditional after dinner drink. Most people order espresso or American style coffee.
I have never seen anyone told that they could not have a cappucino after dinner. That would seem odd.
I have seen Italian waiters cringe when a diner requests grated cheese on seafood sauce even to the point of asking, "are you sure?"