If someone ordered a latte in Italy would they receive a glass of milk?

If someone ordered a latte in Italy would they receive a glass of milk?

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  1. Others have already answered perfectly so no need to repeat.
    But I’d like to add a couple of things.
    The “caffellatte” (the original word who mysteriously got cut in half and completely changed the meaning) it’s not something you normally order in a bar.
    Yes, of course most of the bartenders will make you one but adding an espresso to a steamed glass of milk is what we call a “latte macchiato”. Very close but not the same.
    The “caffellatte” is what you drink for classic breakfast at home, where you mix the warm milk with the coffee made in the Moka pot and where you dip your cookies before eating them.
    The moka coffee is not as concentrated as the espresso coffee so yes, there are actually differences between a “caffellatte” and a “latte macchiato”.
    Another important difference between an American “latte” and an original Italian “caffellatte” is that the second has no foam as the milk is only heated.

  2. If someone ordered a latte in Italy would they receive a glass of milk?
    As I write this, there are four other answers, all from Italians. They all point out that latte means milk in Italian. If they – these Italian people – ordered a “latte” in a restaurant or bar *, they would certainly get a glass of milk.
    But I think that’s not necessarily what would happen if you ordered a “latte” there.
    I’m American. I speak sort-of passable Italian, and I’ve had the good fortune to have visited Italy several times over the past decade, most recently just a few months ago.
    Here’s my experience:
    In Italy, the word caff è means coffee , but it actually refers specifically to what we in the United States call espresso . If an Italian walks in to a bar and orders a caff è , he gets a cup of espresso. But if I walk in to a bar , and order a caff è – and I have done this many times – my experience is that the barista will ask me if I really mean an Italian-style espresso, or an American-style coffee**, or something else entirely.
    So to get back to your question, ” If someone ordered a latte in Italy would they receive a glass of milk? ” My guess is that, unless you were in some far rural area where the bar staff rarely interacts with tourists and doesn’t speak English, your barista would ask you to clarify before simply showing up with a glass of milk.
    * Note that in Italy, a bar is more like what we would call a cafe in the U.S. They serve breakfast pastries, lunch sandwiches, coffee, and other goodies, in addition to alcoholic beverages.
    ** They generally don’t have the equipment to make drip coffee in Italian bar s. What you’ll get is what they call a caff è Americano , which is espresso diluted with hot water. Which may not be what you actually wanted, but at least they’re trying.

  3. That’s exactly what happened!
    My wife and I are American and we took our first trip to Italy in 1993. At a train station in Rome, I ordered a cappuccino and my wife casually ordered a latte. The barista looked at her funny, and she repeated her order.
    Well, I got my cappuccino, and she got a glass of milk!
    When she mildy protested, he said “You say latte, I give you latte!”
    We realized the error, had a laugh, and proceeded to correct the order to caffelatte!

  4. Certainly yes. You’ll get a glass of milk.
    Since this is a relatively uncommon order at most Italian coffee bars, the waiter will likely ask you if you want it cold, or heated up, or steam-foamed.
    Incidentally, we Italians find very unsmart (and I’m using a euphemism) that latte became the accepted abbreviation of caffè-latte in American English .
    Caffè-latte literally means coffee-milk . It is a compound word and it denotes a union of two objects. If you abbreviate the word by just throwing away a half of it that exactly denotes one of the two objects, you are not left with an abbreviation, but just with the second object alone.
    It’s like making a ham sandwich and then slicing it off along the ham surface. You are not left with half a ham sandwich. You are just left with empty buns.

  5. Yes.
    Everybody explained that but I will write my own answer. Latte is the milk. So if you will say “ latte ” you will order milk. In tourist zone they will understand you for sure that you want a coffee but in small village without any English nobody cares that you asked something strange.
    So what you called “ latte ” – the big glass of warm milk with espresso cup at the top in Italy called latte macchiato which means that it is latte (milked) glass with espresso on the top. Somewhere you will just receive glass of milk separately and standard espresso cup so you will mix yourself.
    We have also caffè macchiato – standard espresso with small milk foam at the top.
    Anyway even if you will receive glass of milk there is no need to worry – just ask coffee for the top)))

  6. If you say “Can I have a latte?”, then there is a chance that a waiter/barkeeper with international experience will give you what you would expect in a Starbucks. But if you indeed say something like “Vorrei del latte”, then you will unavoidably be asked “Caldo o freddo?” before handing you a glass of milk at the corresponding temperature.

  7. In Italy we don’t use the expression “un latte, per favore”.
    If you mean a glass of milk, we say: “un bicchiere di latte, per favore”.
    In Italian bars, they serve different types of milk drinks:
    – latte macchiato: espresso + cream
    – cappuccino: espresso + steam milk + milk foam
    – caffè latte: espresso + much steam milk + milk foam
    – macchiatone: espresso + milk foam

  8. Yes! Latte means “Milk” in Italian and in Italy we don’t have a coffee based drink called “Latte”… so if you order a “Latte” you will be most certainly served a glass of milk.


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