I’ve just found this info and wanted to share it with you. I actually I know cappuccino but never heard of the Marocchino. Is it famous over Morocco?
Anyway, here is the info:
The Marocchino is a kind of small cappuccino: it’s a caffè espresso in a glass, topped with a layer of cocoa and frothy milk.
What’s the bizarre origin of the marocchino?
Even if it’s increasingly popular in Milan, it seems that Marocchino was born in Torin, where there is a strong community of people from Morocco. Moroccans were attracted by the cappuccino, but they usually went for a simple caffè espresso, because it was cheaper. They started to ask for caffè espresso with a bit of milk and cocoa, in order to get something good as a cappuccino but cheap as a coffee.
In Italian “moroccan” is translated into “marocchino”, so that’s the reason why it was called marocchino by the barmen.