The Basics of Italian Food Culture, Part One: Breakfast

giolitti deli italian breakfast biscotti

Almond biscotti with coffee makes for an excellent Italian-style breakfast. Grab yours at Giolitti Deli!

There’s nothing quite like Italian cuisine, and an awareness of Italian food culture and traditions can make enjoying Italian cuisine more interesting. If you’re curious about how you can infuse your life with a little bit of Italy, read on to learn about one aspect of Italian food culture: the light breakfast. 

Breakfast in Italy is generally a modest affair because Italians prefer to eat a substantial and hearty lunch. Then, later in the evening, they will take time to enjoy dinner as a social event. Most Italians enjoy a cup of coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or latte with their breakfast, all of which can be enjoyed at Giolitti Deli. You can also enjoy the following two breakfast treats from our store: 


Biscotti are Italian almond biscuits originating from Tuscany. They are twice-baked, oblong-shaped, dry, crunchy, and are often dipped in a hot cup of coffee before being enjoyed. Giolitti Deli sells homemade classic almond biscotti that you can enjoy as breakfast… an afternoon snack… or dessert! 


This is a shell-shaped, filled Italian pastry. At Giolitti Deli, we sell these pastries in our freezer section!

At Giolitti’s, you can pair your caffeinated selection with our delicious biscotti or sfogliatelle dusted with confectioner’s sugar for a delicious start to your day. Check back here next week for information on how to enjoy your own Italian lunch. 

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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