(Information translated from: Yahoo Lifestyle lun 23 feb 2015 20:53
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the one that we used to call like that, has not always been the same, and in Italy has evolved over the years with the society, the economy and gastronomic traditions, bringing to Italian, foods gradually different.
Biscotti, cappuccino, caffè e marmellata:
Cookies, cappuccino, coffee and jam, with which the Italian usual start to the day have become a food classic breakfast only in recent decades, and just after the world wars, which, due to the enlistment of soldiers, have spread in society habits food first reserved for the military.
La zuppa di latte
In the rural society of the ’50s, on the other hand, the breakfast as we know it today did not exist. It was a milk soup in which softening of stale bread or dried chestnuts, and took place in the middle of the morning, and was the only meal before dinner. Even in the second half of the 50s the first meal of the day included foods now unusual, like polenta, herring, salami, cheese and often leftovers from the previous dinner.
Caffé e “Frollini”
Breakfast arrives on Italian tables only with the economic boom of the ’60s, when the breakfast also follows the lunch and breakfast foods moving on sweet. Here then get croissants, biscuits, butter, jam, yogurt, snacks, foods never seen before. But the big news is that the coffee, which was previously considered a food almost luxury, to be served to guests or to use as a drug, and that now becomes a must of the morning. And with the coffee, the cookies arrive, which for the first time and then they are produced industrially for sale at low cost. It’s time for biscuits type Marie, to be followed oswego, frollini, egg biscuits and hundreds of other varieties, but is now also time of baked goods packaged: tarts, cakes and croissants. In the mid-60s and then come the first hazelnut spreads, which will become one of the ingredients-based Italian breakfasts, and next to them the industrial jams, with soluble barley and chocolate powder.
to be continued……