This page is meant to be a discussion page with ideas and feedback.  Is there something that you’ve been wanting to know about the Italian culture? Anything you’ve ever wanted to double check is authentic? Ask away and make your input.

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    1. we met in Pensacola, Florida where I used to live. He was in pilot training there for the Italian Navy (Pensacola is a huge military town.) I was in college at the time and one night we saw each other in a club and I knew immediately he was European 🙂 We danced and started dating after that. We dated on and off for about 1 year and then dated seriously for 2 years long distance 🙂

  1. Hi Jessica!

    Here some details of yours posts I disagree with.

    1) Almost all animals speak different language in every country e.g. (in addition of what you have already found)

    Rooster: cock-a-doodle-doo (english), keehkkehhreehkeeh (italian/spanish), cocorico (french), kukareku (russian), kikeriki (german)

    2) Pencil with eraser can be easily found here (in Piacenza), and as far as I remember they have almost the same price (of course I don’t usually buy them because they are low quality, stand alone eraser produces better results 😉 )

    3) Almost all people I know can perfectly understand 7 without the slash in the middle…

    …other I will tell you as soon as they come up to my mind…

    In any case I really like your blog, I think you are a really talented writer, it would be nice if you could drop some lines in Italian 🙂

    Have a nice day!

    P.S. Have you ever seen this video ? It would be interesting what do you think about it 🙂

  2. How are you managing with your husband away? We just arrived in Italia and will be living in Lucca. I am originally from UK and he is Italian, this is a huge adjustment as we have been living all over USA for the past 15 years. Finding work will be interesting!

    1. I manage pretty well because it’s nothing new for us. We’ve been long distance for most of our relationship and right now I’m in the States while he’s gone. If I can come home then time goes by fast 🙂 Good luck with your new home. Y’all shouldn’t have issues getting a job in the North!

    1. The only indoor cats I’ve seen in Italy are via my Italian facebook friends. I have yet to actually see one in a house in person ironically. I think they keep kittens or young cats inside, and then throw them out when they get tired of them basically. From my understanding of Italians they take good care of their things…so animals indoors would seem contradicting.

  3. I always marvel at how some Italian-Americans (myself included before I regularly began visiting Italy) have notions about Italy that go back 100 years when their ancestors emigrated to the US. This idea of campanilismo (identifying with your town or area of Italy) is not well understood. I have even met some people who are so disappointed that their preconceived notions are not longer valid in Italy that they have no interest in returning. When it comes to food and wine, the only way to truly appreciate what you are eating is when you understand that Italy is separated into regions — like Puglia, Campania, Tuscany, Lazio, etc. — which all have different tastes and customs. I find this a window to understanding the culture and becoming more aware of the richness of all that is Italian. Of course, this can be explained by the fact that Italy only became a country about the time of our US Civil War. Before that the papal states and any number of royal familiies dominated their piece of Italy. I found that even Italians today can be very provincial and loyal their the ways of doing things. And this doesn’t even take into account the big divide emotionally, politicall and culturally between north and south in Italy (hmm, like north and south in the USA?). Throw Sicily into the mix and you may as well contrast Italy to another country. Sicilians, after all, are proudly Sicilian. I’ve met so many Italians that have commented that I’ve have seen more of their country than they have– kinda weird sometimes when I can give a travelogue to interested Italians. Contrasts galore — like the many divergent ways to make pasta fagioli (pasta and beans cooked all over Italy) with each region, town, or family claiming theirs is the ‘right’ way! Even the pronunciation of this dish (pasta fajolly in Tuscany vs. pasta fazoo in Naples) is so different. Brasciole (as stuffed, rolled-up small piece of beef to stew in a tomato sauce – yum!) as it’s known in the south is called involtini in the north. You’ll get something entirely different in the north when you use the souther word for this.

    Speaking about pronunciations… I was in an Italian restaurant in the US and ordered bruschetta. In Italy this i pronounced broosketta. That pronunciation earned me a correction from the server who enlightened me on his ‘right’ way — Brooshetta. I let it pass, but found it amusing.

  4. Thomas, all of what you said is so true. I have many friends and extended family who had a disappointing experience when they came to Italy to “find” their long lost families, and to find their roots. They told me pretty much the same stories that they all felt out of place, like nothing they were taught in the US was even relevantly close, and one even had a family search that ended up with the mafia telling them to get out and never come back looking! Scary. Anyways about the brooshetta, I can’t even enjoy going to Italian restaurants in the US anymore because I see everything on the menu as American and I just want to correct it! And besides, there is no comparison between the food, let’s not go there 🙂

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