Breakfast Italian Style

Italians may not be big breakfast eaters, but that doesn't mean they don't take breakfast seriously. Having a cappuccino or a caffè is essential for Italians in the morning. Without it, they just won't function. To get their caffeine fix in the morning and throughout the day for that matter, many Italians go to a neighborhood bar or a café. Along with their coffee, they'll order a delicious pastry called a cornetto (croissant). Croissants typically vary from semplice (plain), integrale (whole wheat with honey inside), cioccolato (chocolate or nutella), crema (cream) and marmellata (jelly). Italians might also order a ciambella (doughnut), ciambellone (a slice of poundcake) or even a macedonia (fruit cup). Buonooo.

Unlike in America, most Italians drink their cappuccino at the bar or they may sit down briefly to enjoy it. Eating breakfast at the bar is an essential part of Italian culture. It's not just the place where you order your coffee and pastry to go. It's the place where, even after a few days of going there, the owners know your name and what you like to order. Let a few more weeks pass by, and they'll know all about your family. your political views and  what soccer team you root for. 10Best gives you the rundown of bars and cafés around Rome to have your Italian breakfast.

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When the Galleria Esedra (near Piazza Repubblica) opened in the 1950s, Sicilian pastry chef Nicolò Dagnino decided it was the perfect time to open up a pasticceria where all Sicilians could go for a little bit of comfort food. Soon after,...  Read More

Caffè della Pace
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Caffè della Pace is more than just a bar. It's a hip, classy caffè where artists, locals, tourists and even celebrities have been coming since 1891 for their morning coffee afternoon tea or even a glass of wine. The interior of the caffè is a...  Read More

Cafffè Camerino
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Move over Starbucks, you ain't got nothing on Cafffè Camerino. No, the sign outside their bar isn't a misspelling. It's their motto: "Il caffè con tre effe" which means coffee with three F's. Yes, the coffee here is so good, it actually...  Read More

Caffè Novecento
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Not too many bars give off such warmth and a sense of coziness like Caffè Novecento does. When you walk in, there's soft jazz music playing in the background and an array of tantalizing cakes, pies and other sweet treats to greet you as you...  Read More

l'Antico Caffè della Pigna
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Tucked away behind the Pantheon in a tiny little piazza called Piazza della Pigna, is l'Antico Caffè della Pigna. Their staff is young and friendly. If you go there enough, they're quick to memorize your coffee order and make you feel like...  Read More

Caffetteria d'Arte al Chiostro del Bramante
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How many places do you know of where you can sit in a charming Renaissance cloister while sipping on a cappuccino? Not too many, that's for sure. The Choistro del Bramante is a cloister turned venue space for art and photographic exhibitions....  Read More

Bar Meeting Place
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As the name suggests, this bar is literally a 'meeting place' for Italians. Whether it be a cappuccino in the morning or a mid-afternoon coffee, the Bar Meeting Place is definitely a punto di ritrovo (meeting place) for locals in the Piazza...  Read More

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Located near the Vatican on the famous shopping street, Via Cola di Rienzo, is a specialty coffee shop called Castroni. The coffee shop first opened in 1932 on Via Cola di Rienzo and later expanded with 6 other locations in the Vatican, Centro...  Read More

Bar Amore
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This is one of those great neighborhood bars where everyone knows your name and what you order, after only a few times coming here. The bar is family run and has been around since 1946. They make a mean cappuccino and if you like chocolate,...  Read More

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Tazza d'Oro

This bar is always bustling, no matter what time of the day you go. Tazza d'Oro was established in 1946, is considered to be by many, the best coffee in all of Rome. It's prime location just up the street from the Pantheon makes it a hub for...  Read More


Meet Nicole Arriaga

A 1999 trip to the Bel Paese and a kiss from an Italian boy made Nicole fall in love with Rome. Not being able to stop thinking about cappuccinos and her Italian amore, Nicole Arriaga packed...  More About Nicole

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