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How Italian Afternoon Tea Became a Thing

The concept of afternoon tea is, to most people, an entirely English affair. It brings to mind images of finger sandwiches, porcelain tea cups, fresh scones and, in more modern terms, modest glasses of Prosecco.

And, of course, no afternoon tea is complete without polite English discourse about the weather, peppered with the gossip of the week.

However, afternoon tea is not an activity enjoyed solely by English ladies. After all, we at Cucina Rustica offer our own Italian Afternoon Tea every day from 12pm to 5pm.

As such, we thought we’d look into how this English tradition came to Italy in the first place.