I am truly not sure why, but breakfast in Italy is sweet. Cake is a traditional breakfast food, and so are cookies and brioche (an easy croissant). I'm always a bit stunned when I hear Americans making fun of the concept of cake for breakfast, mostly because that’s the norm for us!
The typical Italian breakfast is made of a hot beverage, like cappuccino or caffe’, with something sweet to eat- cake, cookies, pastries, brioche, croissants, or toast and jam.
Eggs? Ham? Bacon? THOSE ARE DINNER FOODS! (It seems to hear Nonna!)