cafe espresso with heated milk & toasted rustic italian bread (pane d' altamura)

Author Notes: Not really a recipe, but I wanted to share what has been my breakfast since I was a young girl. A strong shot (or double shot) of freshly brewed espresso with heated milk, add some sugar to taste and serve with rustic Italian bread, toasted until extra crunchy for dipping and soaking in the cafe and milk mixture.cucina di mammina

Serves: approx. 4


  • 1 large stove-top espresso pot
  • freshly ground espresso coffee
  • whole organic milk or lactose free milk
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 loaf of rustic pane d' altmura bread (or any rustic country style bread) heavily toasted
In This Recipe


  1. Brew the espresso coffee in your stovetop pot as directed. Set aside. Slice the bread into 1/2 thick slices and toast until well done and crunchy.
  2. Heat milk for the amount of guests you are serving (I use approx. 1/2 to 3/4 cups for me; adjust per individual taste.) Do NOT overheat or boil the milk; just bring to heat until steaming and remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Combine the heated milk and espresso in each cup and allow guests to sweeten to their personal taste. Serve immediately with the toasted bread for soaking and dipping with large spoons.
  4. Note: My famiglia refers to this as "la zuppa" and we would make this often, served to both the young and old at our table.

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3 Reviews

Danielle.scott14 November 28, 2018
Hi! I was searching for this because it randomly popped in my mind. My Italian family made this all the time growing up. Love that you guys called it zuppa - we were NOT as classy and called it Dunkin’ Toast. Unfortunately my (non-Italian) husband doesn’t get I’ll make some and eat it all to myself :)
Al C. April 24, 2018
I know exactly what this is and my parents always called it "zuppa", I used the same bread as you but diced (as big as a pingpong ball? ok I know it's round not square). From Canada.
Tony February 4, 2018
I have had this regularly for breakfast since been a small child, brought up with Italian parents! We used just call it “pane e cafe”<br />Tony<br />North Yorkshire