Food&Wine – To state the obvious, Italians take eating and drinking seriously. Ancient Romans made wine and hosted elaborate banquets, which means that Italians have been perfecting the art of the table for more than 2,000 years. If you’ve spent any time in Italy, you might have noticed that there are many unspoken rules about meal times, restaurant etiquette, and the appropriate time of day to drink a cappuccino. So before your next trip, study up on these (unofficial) rules to follow when eating and drinking in Italy.