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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?

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  1. Probably just giving the customers what they want...if I wanted a cappuccino after my dinner, I would be pretty annoyed if they said no.

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    1. re: pj26

      I'm sure that's true to some extent, but last night I was offered a cap by the waiter. Just wondering what is "real" - as far as whether that's typical in Italy or whether it's considered a breakfast drink.

        1. re: pj26

          Yes, but not since i was too young to notice or give a hoot. :)

          1. re: RUNNERFEMME

            I meant were you in Italy when the waiter offered you a cappuccino?

    2. I think they think it's a little weird but I have often asked and never been refused in Italy.

      1. 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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          1. 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?"