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Breakfast at the bar costs more: that’s how much we have to spend – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

La Cucina Italiana


Breakfast at the bar costs us more. We had noticed it a little, but now the results of the latest survey confirm it Altroconsumo which involved 1400 consumers. Well, from this it emerges that coffee at the counter costs on average 6% more than two years ago, cappuccino 7% and that croissants (or brioches, if you prefer to call them “Milan-style”) – whether empty or filled – are the ones that have suffered the greatest price increases, given that they cost 13% more than in 2022 (a year, moreover, of particularly significant increases).

How much does breakfast at the bar cost: price increases

In fact, Altroconsumo’s latest breakfast survey dates back to two years ago, when still coffee at the bar cost just 1.17 euros on average, cappuccino 1.64 euros and croissants 1.39 euros. Now everything has increased and, even if as always the bars in the North are the most expensive compared to those in the South and islands, the increase is generalized.

Italians’ favorite breakfast

But we are not discouraged: aEven if we occasionally treat ourselves to breakfast at the bar. The Altroconsumo survey, which aims to generally analyze the preferences of us Italians regarding the first meal of the day, says in fact that we generally consume it at home (69% declare that they always have breakfast at home and only 1% declare that they never (or rarely) have it at home) while the bar, on the other hand, is more often reserved for weekends or holidays (28% of those interviewed say they eat breakfast there once a week). In short, it is a special moment. Taking an average, in fact, breakfast at home is consumed more than six days a week while at the bar once every two weeks.

What Italians eat for breakfast

However, perhaps we dedicate little time to breakfast: whether it is at the bar or at home, it never lasts more than 20 minutes. However, between sweet and savory we have no doubts: 81% of those interviewed prefer it sweet, especially those under 35. Only 3% instead choose a savory breakfast, while 16% alternate. In general biscuits and croissant are in first place. The former are obviously a must at home, consumed often or always (51%), perhaps alternating with jams or sweet spreads (28% of those interviewed) with rusks (26%) and, followed by cereals or muesli. At the bar, then, on the podium there is the classic brioche often or always consumed by 68% of those interviewed, followed at a distance by other types of pastries or pastries (18%) or cakes (10%).

What Italians drink for breakfast

It certainly isn’t missing coffee, a must for more than 7 out of 10 Italians. Whether it’s the mocha, the pod, the capsule or the espresso, 72% of those who have breakfast at home always drink it and 68% of those who have breakfast at the bar, where cappuccino, preferred by 47%, also clearly stands out. % of respondents. In addition to coffee, it is curious that the most consumed drink is in second place water (always or often consumed by 50% of consumers who participated in the Altroconsumo survey) , followed by milk, yogurt and tea for those having breakfast at home. At the bar, however, after the milk, there are juices, freshly squeezed juices or smoothies. In short, the bar is not always a sin of gluttony: if you want, you can always choose without being tempted.

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the cooperative where you eat well and spend very little – Italian Cuisine


A fishermen's cooperative offers tasting menus of Adriatic fish in self-service mode and with wine all you can drink. Complete menu, at € 14. Are you curious? Just go to Fano, Cattolica, then Milano Marittima, Rimini, Senigallia and San Benedetto del Tronto

They have been cooking for 70 years, actually 71 to be precise, because it was in 1939 that Coomarpesca, a fishermen's cooperative in Fano, was born from a Mutual Aid Society. He was among the first to understand that Adriatic fish should be valued, that cooking it was more profitable than just catching it, that food trucks would become fashionable and that today they have self-service shops scattered between Romagna and Marche; and a restaurant vessel. Where a tasting menu costs € 14 and where there was even Pope John Paul II.

The promoters of Adriatic fish

It all started on the fishing boats and then in the port, where simple and traditional dishes were prepared just a few hours after fishing, cooked according to typical recipes and with ingredients from the Adriatic. But Fano was close to him and so the fishermen practically became real pioneers of street food. Equipped with a large car market equipped with cold storage and a transportable hearth, the Fano fishermen's cooperative set out on the streets of the Marche hinterland in the squares of the province of Pesaro and Urbino, bringing samples of grilled fish, free, almost everywhere. The PesceAzzurro di Fano began to be appreciated throughout the province and from there the idea of ​​a restaurant that fully reflected the festive atmosphere found in the historic centers of the province and in the streets of the port of Fano, with tables in which to recreate the atmosphere of a festival. Affordable self-service – it's a success.

From Fano to 7 restaurants, boat included

After Fano they opened with the same formula in Cattolica (right next to the Aquarium), Milano Marittima, Rimini, Senigallia and finally San Benedetto del Tronto. And then there is Bluefish on a boat, the floating restaurant moored in the port of Fano (closed during summer 2020).

What do you eat (a lot)

No unknowns, the menu changes every day, is the same for all restaurants and is repeated throughout the month; complete with a calendar, for amateurs. Anchovies maritane, mackerel in olive sauce, clams with pureta, fish peppers, fish balls, fish ascolane, fusilli with squid, tagliolini with clams, homemade marinara, tagliolini with sea hen. Second courses, blue grilled, fried calameri, cuttlefish and peas, mackerel in pour sauce. Every day there is a different dish, a couple of choices, so that everything is fresh, and you choose. The Complete includes: two appetizers, a first, a second, a side dish, bread, water and wine on tap in quantity. All for 14 €. "They raised their prices, before it cost € 12.90". Little, however, and even less for the over 65s (€ 1 discount), € 2 discount on patron's day, € 4 for a first course for children. And then as a souvenir you can also buy fish sauces to take home. It can also be taken away and in Fano there is also the Drive to collect directly from the car.

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20 pasta dishes to eat in these weeks to spend at home – Italian Cuisine


Forced sedentary life in the house, refrigerator at your fingertips, boredom, anxiety … So you end up squeezing throughout the day. But then to remedy you don't need to make big sacrifices at the table, you don't need to deprive yourself of your beloved pasta!

In these days of forced (and responsible) closure at home, with little possibility of movement, and the fridge always there at hand, the risk of accumulating a few extra pounds becomes almost a certainty And to say that, usually, the battle against overweight, the search for form and the fight to the death against rolls and extra kilos are more effective precisely in spring, when the increase in temperatures makes it easier to reduce the portions and (in other years) to get closer costume testing has always shown a strong motivation. Usually, during periods of reduced calorie diet, pasta, which is a staple of our diet, leaves room for lean meats, boiled vegetables, baked fish and salads. But … what nostalgia!

Yes, because few things like pasta (with sauce, garlic, oil and chilli, normal, with ragù …) give us that fabulous feeling of comfort at the table, without making us want anything else. So why say no to pasta?

Spaghetti with baked tomatoes
Spaghetti with baked tomatoes.

It is certainly not the ideal time to season it with fatty cheeses such as zola or cacio, meats such as bacon, sausage, lamb and minced pork or with creamed butter-based sauces, but there are still many and delicious variations available. Help yourself from low calorie ingredients and to recipes that do not include the addition of condiments and creams, we can indulge in the pleasure of a good plate of pasta even in these very uneventful and rather sedentary weeks. Green noodles with lime sauce, whole spaghetti, prawns and rocket, trofie with tuna and avocado cream, trenette with lettuce pesto and sprouts, orecchiette with cod and artichokes, linguine with perch and friar's beard, penne with tofu and chickpeas, fusillini, olives and courgettes, tagliatelle with anchovies and lemon express sauce and paccheri, ricotta and aubergines.

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