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Sample flavours from around the world with an afternoon tea with a twist.

Sample flavours from around the world with an afternoon tea with a twist.

From a truly delectable Indian themed afternoon tea of tasty bitesize nibbles and cakes to tea with an Italian twist of focaccia, cannoli and delicious sfogliatella napoletana, these experiences are a taste sensation.

Italian Afternoon Tea

Italian afternoon tea is an intriguing concept, as it merges the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea with the rich, vibrant culinary culture of Italy. Unlike the British counterpart, which is known for its delicate sandwiches, scones, and a selection of teas, the Italian version infuses local flavours and ingredients, making it a unique experience and one of the perfect gifts for foodies.

In Italy, the afternoon is typically a time for a short break, known as 'merenda'. This is more about a light snack than the elaborate affair seen in Britain. However, when Italian elements are woven into the afternoon tea concept, you might find an array of Italian pastries like cannoli, filled with sweet ricotta, or mini tiramisu servings, offering a delightful coffee-infused treat. Biscotti, perfect for dipping in tea, could also feature, alongside other Italian baked goods like pizzelle, thin waffle cookies often flavoured with anise.

Savoury options might include miniature versions of Italian classics – think tiny bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes and basil, or small portions of caprese salad with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. The Italian twist might also bring in a selection of regional cheeses and charcuterie, showcasing the diversity of Italian flavours.

As for the tea, while Italy is more known for its coffee culture, an Italian afternoon tea could include a selection of Italian herbal teas like camomile or mint, or perhaps even a nod to Britain with classic black teas. Alternatively, to stay true to Italian traditions, a well-made espresso or a cappuccino could be offered, although the latter is traditionally a morning beverage in Italy.

This fusion of British and Italian customs in afternoon tea offers a delightful experience that combines the elegance and ritual of the British tradition with the bold, familiar flavours of Italian cuisine. It's a way to travel through taste, experiencing the warmth of Italian hospitality and the charm of British afternoon customs.

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