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8 Breakfast Foods to Eat in Italy

If you want to fit in with the locals, here's what you should eat.

In Italy, breakfast is a completely different experience than you would find in the States. Americans are used to big breakfasts of pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. Meanwhile, Italians usually enjoy a cup of coffee and small pastry. If you’re traveling to Italy and want to fit in with the locals, here are the breakfast foods you should go for. Keep in mind, all of these items should be paired with a coffee, cappuccino, or espresso. 

1. Cornetto

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A cornetto, meaning little horn, is an Italian croissant. 

2. Crostata

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The crostata is a baked fruit tart.

3. Ciambella

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Remember when your parents said you couldn’t have cake for breakfast? Clearly they didn’t know true Italians do eat cake for breakfast. 

4. Panino

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Did you know panini is actually plural for panino? Anyways, the panino is a breakfast sandwich with prosciutto, fontina cheese, and homemade mayo. 

5. Biscotti

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Yes, Italians eat cookies for breakfast. However, for anyone who’s never eaten biscotti, it’s not like a standard cookie. 

6. Brioche

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The brioche you’ll typically find in the cafes will be filled with cream, jam, or almond paste. 

7. Pane, Burro e Marmellata

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Literally, this dish is just bread, butter, and jam. Sometimes if the diner is being more health conscience they’ll leave off the butter. 

8. Crespelle

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This is the Italian version of a crepe however these are thinner and crispy. The filling often varies, but you can’t go wrong with Nutella, an Italian classic. 


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