The first thing that comes to mind when people mention Italy, is the food. Don’t get me wrong, almost all the food I’ve had during my two and a half weeks here so far has been amazing- but I have had a few frustrations with food so far-
Anywhere in the US, a typical breakfast is a bagel, pancakes, eggs, bacon, or French toast. I unfortunately can’t say the same for Italy. A typical Italian breakfast is a pastry (such as a croissant) and a coffee or water. Personally, that’s no where near enough to get me started for my day, especially since I have to walk 10 minutes through the city to get to the restaurants in the first place. The pastries are incredibly delicious, don’t EVER say I don’t like pastries; I just wish they had some more hearty things for breakfast or things with some more substance.
I feel like I’m the only person who’s starving all throughout the day since breakfast is small, and most places either have odd hours for lunch or tend to close around that time which can be inconvenient if you’re ever having a late day.
Fortunately, once it gets to dinner time (which isn’t typically before 8pm), all of that changes.
Growing up with a big Italian family, I’m used to having big, multiple course meals, but this is a different story. With so many great appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and extra things to pick on like bread, it’s so hard to leave room for any dessert… which I won’t even get started on because that could be it’s own blog post in itself.
Luckily, all of the food has been worth the wait and timing frustrations. And I know it’s just their way of every-day life and it’s not too life-shattering, it’s not like I’m not eating at all during the day, it’s just that I’d probably marry someone for a bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel right now….