Fagiuolini, French beans.
Mostarda, simple mustard.
Senape, hot mustard.
Ostriche, oysters (good in winter
Frutta, or Oiardinetto, fruit-
Crostata di frutti, fruit-tart.
Crostata di pasta sfoglia, a kind
Pomi, or mele, apples.
Vva, bunch of grapes.
Arancio or Portogallo, orange.
Finocchio, root of fennel.
Pane francese, bread made with
yeast (the Italian is without).
Formaggio, or in S. Italy caccio,
Vino rosso or nero, red wine;
bianco, white; asciutto, dry;
dolce, sweet; nostrale, table-
Cafes are frequented for breakfast and lunch, and in the
evening by numerous consumers of ices. Cafe noir (Caffe nero)
is most commonly drunk (15-20 c per cup). Caffe latte is coffee
mixed with milk before served (20-30 c.) ; or cuffe e latte, i. e.
with the milk served separately, may be preferred (30-40 c).
The usual viands for lunch are ham, sausages, cutlets, and eggs
(uova da bere, soft; toste, hard; uova al piatto, fried).
Ices (sorbetto, or gelato) of every conceivable variety are
supplied at the cafes, particularly at Naples, at 30-90 c. per por¬
tion ; or half-a-portion (mezza) may generally be ordered. Oranita,
or half-frozen ice (limonata, of lemons; aranciata, of oranges;
di caffe, of coffee), is chiefly in vogue in the forenoon. The
waiter (cameriere or bottega), whose accuracy in giving change
is not always to be relied on, expects a fee of 5-10 c.
IX. Theatres, Shops.
Theatres. The performances at the larger theatres, begin¬
ning at 8, 8. 30, or 9, and ending at midnight or later, consist
exclusively of operas and ballets, the first act of an opera being
usually succeeded by a ballet of three or more acts. Verdi is
the most popular composer. The pit (platea), to which holders
of the ordinary biglietto d'ingresso are admitted, is the usual
resort of the men. For the reserved seats (scanni chiusi, sedie
clause, poltrone, posti distinti) and boxes (palco) additional
tickets must be taken. Ladies of course engage a box, or at
least reserved seats. The former must always be secured in
advance. — A visit to the smaller theatres, where dramas and
comedies are acted, is recommended for the sake of familiarising
the ear with the language. Performances in summer take place
in the open air. — The theatre is a favourite evening resort
of the Italians, and silence during the performance of the music
is never very strictly observed.