• FREE Italian lesson: Ordering drinks in Italian


    Ciao a tutti! Every student I teach Italian wants to know how to order their favourite coffee in Italy, the variety is long and different from what you get in the coffee shop chains in the UK like: Costa Coffee or Starbucks.

    FREE Italian lesson: Ordering hot drinks in Italian:

    Italians generally don’t drink coffee with any meal except breakfast. Coffee is often ordered after a meal, and—che vergogna!only the unwitting tourist will order a cappuccino in a restaurant after lunch or dinner.  When ordering an after-dinner coffee, do not ask for an espresso, ask for “un caffè, per favore.

    Italian Vocabulary List: Coffee

    • caffè (espresso)—a small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso
    • caffè Americano—American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup
    • caffè corretto—coffee “corrected” with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit
    • caffè doppio—double espresso
    • caffè freddo—iced coffee
    • caffè Hag—decaffeinated coffee
    • caffè latte—hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast
    • caffè macchiato—espresso “stained” with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino
    • caffè marocchino—espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder
    • caffè stretto—espresso with less water; rocket fuel!
    • cappuccino—espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never after lunch or dinner
    • granita di caffè con panna—frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream

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    Italian English
    Per favore Please
    Prego? Yes, please?
    un caffè macchiato a coffee with a dash of milk
    un latte macchiato a glass of milk with a dash of coffee
    Un cappuccino, per favore A cappuccino, please.
    Preferisce…? Do you prefer…? formal
    Un succo di frutta alla pesca A peach fruit juice
    Una spremuta d’arancia A freshly squeezed orange juice
    Sono dodici euro e trentanove It’s 12.39 euros
    Offro io I’ll pay


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