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  1. Avatar GoodDayRome
    December 22, 2016 @ 7:44 am

    Great list. Giolitti is not that great so no loss there. Better gelato to be had in Roma. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo dagli stati uniti!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      December 23, 2016 @ 1:19 am

      I like Giolitti’s big variety in the Centro but the little shop near me has microscopic portions. I now like Brivido in Testaccio. They have white and dark chocolate toppings for free. Thanks for the note.

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  2. Avatar LARSEN Jeffrey
    December 22, 2016 @ 8:23 am

    John, As always, well written and amusing with a bite. Absolutely right about the outlying roads and trash. I drive some of them every day when coming in to work and it’s downright sickening how little the Italians care for their environment. Or the condition of their highways. Too bad you did not share your real feelings about the new president. Beautiful photo of your beautiful girlfriend. Merry Christmas from Colorado Springs. The rocky mountain state is browner and has bigger skies than you remember. We’re spending New Years in Monterey. Home the 6th. Take care, Jeff

    Jeff Larsen NATO Defense College, Rome Sent from my iPad

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  3. Avatar Sandra Panici
    December 27, 2016 @ 1:31 pm

    I got banned from a coffee shop in Florence when one morning I asked for a big cup and they drained the tiny shot glass into a big cup and set it on the counter with no accompanying hot water pot. I tipped the cup and the shot ended in a drop at the top. When I said in English, “What am I supposed to do with this?” the Americans in the shop burst out laughing, and the owners behind the counter let out volleys of Italian cuss words! Touchy people I thought, I never went back and found plenty of bars in Italy who understood me and never gave me a hard time about being an American asking for a big cup! My favorites are the Bars who fill up a big cup with all the shots it can hold and leave any diluting or not with me! And I use cream for that!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      December 28, 2016 @ 12:27 am

      Thanks for the note, Sandra. Americans need scouting reports on coffee. Also, Italians would rather drink nothing than drink out of a paper cup. Include me in that, too. I was in the coffee shop of a Houston Marriott on assignment once and when they gave me my coffee in a paper cup, I asked for a regular coffee cup. The woman really had no idea what I was talking about. The coffee shop had no coffee cups! She had to go into the restaurant to find one. I think American coffee is absolutely disgusting. I never drink it when I’m back there.

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  4. Avatar Mary Louise Tucker
    February 25, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

    I’m the same John, the paper cup has crept into Australia and I don’t like it. I only have a macchiato so…. best to just caffeinate at home when not in Italy!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      February 27, 2017 @ 3:12 am

      I know civilization as we know will have ended when I start seeing Italians walking the streets with giant paper cartons of coffee in their hands. Thanks for the astute observation.

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