Naples: a curious old custom
Totò and Peppino, A Coffee break in Naples
Many years ago, in the Neapolitan society, you could order a Caffè sospeso, literally a “coffee in suspense”. Curiously, rich customers used to drink a coffee but often payed for two of them. What happened was that when a homeless or less fortunate walked into a café he could enjoy a coffee as a courtesy of the first customer. Today the custom of Caffè sospeso is well-known but not used as in the past. Luciano de Crescenzo, an Italian writer, has written a book titled “Il caffè sospeso” as a symbol of wisdom philosophy of life.
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