“We still haven’t learnt English!”
It is likely that the inhabitants of Carlton and Fitzroy, two important Italian neighborhoods in Melbourne, will answer like this, despite the fact they’ve been living in Australia for more than 50 years. The capital of the state of Victoria is a puzzle of cultures, influences, inspirations and it is not surprising that there are some typical products of the Italian tradition. First of all: the coffee. In 2014, web users drew up a ranking of cities based on the quality of their coffee. Rome is in third place, followed by Vienna. The undisputed winner seems to be Melbourne.
If for us, in Italy, coffee is often synonymous with espresso, for the inhabitants of Melbourne the answer to the question, “What coffee do you want?” may not be so predictable. Short black, long black, double shot, cappuccino, flat white, chai latte, piccolo, skim and soy milk. These are just some of the options you can choose from.
If for us, in Italy, coffee is the best way to start the day or to finish a meal, for an Australian, a mug of flat white is the ideal accompaniment to a good book on a sunny Wednesday afternoon or, why not?, to be enjoyed alongside a pasta dish.