The Tastes of America and Italy

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The first meal everyone eats is of course breakfast. In America, we are constantly told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It should be rather hardy, because it is the start of your day. Most people have some sort of carb, such as cereal, toast or pancakes, for breakfast to give them some energy. We also will have eggs and fruit with the meal, making it a healthy but a good amount of food. Though many people don’t leave time for breakfast and will usually just grab one of these things, that is what Americans are mostly expected to eat.

In contrast, Italy tries to make their breakfast very light. Sometimes they will just drink of cup of coffee with milk sometimes with a piece of bread or pastry.

Americans eat lunch between noon and 1:00 each day. It is usually something fairly light, maybe a sandwich and a small side such as a fruit or chips.
But for Italians, lunch is normally regarded as the most important meal of the day. They usually don’t eat it until sometime after 2:00 in the afternoon. This meal usually consists of a first course, a second course and normally a dessert or fruit to go along with it.

Because Italians eat lunch a little later and have so much in that one course, they tend to not do too much snacking throughout the day. But it is normal for them to have a mid-afternoon snack sometime after 4:00. This can be true for Americans as well, though there is no specific time to snack.

Dinner in America is usually eaten between 6:00 and 8:00 and is the biggest meal of the day most of the time. Though doctors say that breakfast is the most important, dinner usually ends up in the spotlight.

There is most times a main dish of pasta or meat, a side dish of vegetables and another side dish. Sometimes Americans will have something for dessert, but most of the time this is only for special occasions.

For Italians, dinner is again a very light meal. They have lighter food such as soup, salad, cold meats, pasta, or the leftovers from lunch. Dinner is eaten sometime past 8:00.

The Italian meals seem to be much more structured than American ones, as we do not have multiple courses and snack throughout the day.

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