One of the things I love most about Rome is how the enjoyment of food and drink is so central to life. Yes, the food itself is a keystone in Italian and Roman culture, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. (Oh, the food. Damn, now I’m hungry.)
What I mean is the slow and relaxed attitude Romans have about meals. And snacks. And cocktails. And coffee. Food is not for rushing – food is for savoring and relishing with the company of your city, friends, and family.
Standing at one of Rome’s many coffee bars is one of my fondest memories from my trip there this fall. The scent of the brew, the designs in the froth, the atmosphere of the bar. Businessmen taking time out of their day to enjoy their espresso – even if only for five minutes.
Take out cups are not allowed.