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Passeggiata- (PA-sa-gee-AH-ta) After work many Italians enjoy a leisurely walk around town with friends or family. Streets can be quite crowded, as everyone, especially teenagers, hang out in large groups before going home to prepare dinner or continuing to a restaurant.
Via- (as in "Via Veneto") Via means street or road, pronounced VEE-ah.
Caffé con latte- This is what you should order if you want an American style latte. Cappuccino is only ordered by Italians during morning hours, never after meals or at night. That’s how they can spot the Americanos. Learn to order and love "un caffé, per favore!" This is an espresso which you might need after your morning cappuccino has faded away and you need a pick me up! If that is too much for you order my favorite little coffee drink, a Caffé Macchiato. It's a shot of espresso with a bit of steamed milk. Amore!
Cicchetti- (Chih-KEH-tee) When in Venice, please skip dinner one night (at least!) and indulge in a cicchetti bar crawl. Your mission, should you choose to hungrily accept it, is to find the many bars that serve cicchetti, or bar "snacks" meant to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or a cocktail around 5-8pm. Unlike the peanuts or stale crackers you may be used to, these snacks are house made and closer to Spanish tapas or “small plates”. Typical small bites in Venice are toasted bread with various fish spreads, sundried tomatoes, asparagus, olives, cheese, ham, salmon, artichokes, and sardines. Cicchetti can be offered on the house (to drinking patrons) or sold at very reasonable prices depending on the establishment.