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Written by Larry Aiello   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 11:58
To say that bread is an important part of the Italian daily-life and culture would be a huge understatement!

A picture of Italian breadThere was just an interesting statistic on RAI Television: 4 out of  5 Italians will buy bread and eat bread every day.  In fact, when you go to most any restaurant, they will usually charge you a "pane e coperto", a service charge for the "bread and cover" for preparing the table, which of course includes some fresh bread to enjoy.  Depending on the place, it usually runs a few Euros per person.  

Oddly enough, the dark bread is still not as popular in Italy, despite its health benefits.  Look at all the words that derive from bread

  • Pane - bread
  • Panificio - bakery
  • Pangrattato - bread crumbs
  • Panino - A toasted sanwich, usually with prosciutto and tomato
  • Pane di spagna - sponge cake
  • Pane tostato - Toasted Bread
  • Panettone - a sweet bread loaf, almost like fruit cake, popular during Christmas time
  • Pane bianco - white bread
  • Panettiere - baker
  • Panificatore - baker

Shortage of Bakers in Italy

In the more traditional southern regions of Italy, there are still many panifici (plural), and you can walk down many streets, and still enjoy the aromas of their craft as you walk by the bakery.  However, in the more cosmopolitan northern regions, there is a shortage of qualified bread makers.  In fact, the Italian government is now offering incentives for those interested in opening up a panifcio.




0 #6 Addicted2Italy 2012-04-15 11:39
Thanks for posting PG, yes I love it myself!

0 #5 pizzaguy30 2012-04-15 08:48
I Love Italian bread! ;-)
0 #4 addicted2italy 2012-03-09 12:28
thank you for posting Mario,

I agree, it is the best :lol:
0 #3 Mario 2012-03-07 03:25
There´s a reason for this, I have an Italian friend and tried Italian bread with him and it is delicious, best bread I´ve tasted.
0 #2 addicted2italy 2012-03-03 02:57
Hi Allan,
thanks for the comment. Yes, the French are very fond of their bread. And believe it or not, the Cuban culture as well.

Yes, it would be a great business to open in Italy, as the demand will definitely be there! Especially if you could learn from one of the artisans.

Have a great day!
0 #1 allan 2012-03-03 02:09
I only know another culture that holds bread in such high regards: The french, I do preffer italian bread, i think that every type of bread has such a unique personality and it goes with almost every dish you eat, I loooove bread and it amazes me to learn that there is a shortage of bakers in italy!! everybody eats bread there, i am almost thinking of going there and open my bakery, that would be a great business.

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