Italian Language/caffetteria

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Dear Maria,

My question is about the meaning of the feminine noun:   “caffetteria”.

Can you please tell me if it is true that “caffetteria” means all of the following:  (1) a type of restaurant where patrons wait on themselves, carrying their food to tables from counters where it is displayed and served,   (2)  a lunchroom or dining hall, (3)  a coffee shop or coffee bar – an establishment that only sells cups of coffee, and (4)  a coffee-maker or coffeepot – a device that brews coffee.

Thank you very much.  I really appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

actually, the feminine noun “caffetteria”, which is a synonym for  “bar” or “caffè” in Italian, indicates a coffee bar, i.e. a type of bar where cups of coffee, hot drinks such as a cup of hot chocolate or a cup of tea, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, cocktails, juices, cakes, and often small meals are served.

Note that “a type of restaurant where patrons wait on themselves, carrying their food to tables from counters where it is displayed and served” corresponds to the Italian nouns  “osteria” or “trattoria” that are public places/taverns  with a a certain rustic charm where alcoholic drinks can be bought and drunk and where food is often available.

As for  a lunchroom or dining hall, i.e.  a large room in a school or other building, where many people can eat at the same time, it is “refettorio”(especially in a school) or “sala da pranzo”(in other building), whereas a coffee-maker or coffeepot as a device that brews coffee corresponds to “caffettiera” in Italian, if it produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee (see below for “caffettiera Napoletana” and “caffettiera Moka”).
If on the contrary the coffeepot is an automatic coffee machine, it is called “macchinetta per il caffè” or “macchinetta del caffè” as it makes coffee or  cappuccino in a fully automatic way.
See the following links:

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoletana#/media/File:Neapolitan_flip_coffee_pot.jpg
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka#/media/File:Moka_Express_sideview.png
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gaggia-Titanium-74889-Automatic-Machine/dp/B000I0NDS8

Best regards,

Maria

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