traits of being Italian...
1- you've had at least one relative who wore a
black dress every day for an entire year after a
2- you spent your entire childhood thinking what
you ate for lunch was pronounced
3- your family dog understood Italian
4- every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was
spent visiting your grandparents
5- you've experienced the scientific phenomenon of
150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard for
a family cookout
6- you were surprised to discover that the FDA
recommends that you eat three balanced meals a
day, not seven
7- you ate macaroni (pasta for the non-Italians)
for dinner at least four times a week
8- you grew up thinking that no fruit or
vegetables had a fixed price at the
market................everything was negotiable
9- you were forced to watch Lawrence Welk and Ed
Sullivan every weekend
10- you were as tall as your grandmother by the
age of seven
11- you never knew anyone whose last name didn't
end in a vowel
12- you thought that black nylons were supposed to
be worn rolled up to the knees
13- you were surprised to find out that wine was
actually sold in stores
14- you never ate meat on Christmas Eve or any
15- you thought that Catholicism was the only
religion in the world
16- you ate your salad after the main course
17- you were hit at least once with a wooden spoon
18- you thought every meal had to be eaten with a
hunk of bread in your other hand
19- you learned to play bocci before entering grade school
20- you can understand Italian but you can't speak it
21- you have at least one ancestor who was a cop, mobster or
22- you grew up thinking a toilet was called a
23- you were surprised to learn that most kitchen
utensils had another name that didn't end in a
25- all of your uncles fought in a world war
26- you have at least six male relatives named
Tony, Nickie, Joey, Frankie, Mikie, and Johnny-boy
27- you drank wine before you were a teenager
29- your yard didn't have a patch of dirt that
didn't have either a flower or tomato/parsley/basil/
squash/pepper/eggplant growing on it
30- your grandparent's furniture was as
comfortable as sitting on sandpaper
31- you thought that speaking loud was normal
32- you thought that cookie cakes and the
tarantella were all common at all weddings
33- your mother was overly protective of the males in the
matter how old they were
34- every lunch meat you ate as a kid ended in a vowel
35- there was a crucifix in every room of the
36- sons never had to wash dishes because it was
considered women's work !
37- you weren't comfortable dating a boy unless
your father and brother approved
38- you know what lemon ice is
39- you know what real "black" coffee is
40- you always had chocolate and nuts with the
fruit course at dinner
41- meatball sandwiches were a standard lunch item
42- you never knew you could buy pizza from a store
43- eating out usually meant going to a relatives house
44- undershirts didn't have sleeves
45- most of the people that lived in your
"building" were related to you
46- everything tastes good with parmigiano
47- tomato sauce made with chicken wings was the best
48- you had coffee with lots of milk (latte cafe)
for breakfast by the time you were three years old
49- eggs were always fried in the middle of a
piece of Italian bread
50- left over cold spaghetti is one of the major
51- every girl was "make-able" except your sisters
and girl cousins
52- you wore a white suit with short pants when
you made your first holy Communion
53-you had to go to the 9 o'clock mass every
Sunday and sit with your class
54- nuns could see out of the backs of their heads
55- stickball was almost a religion
56- plastic furniture coverings were hot and
uncomfortable in the summer
57- air conditioning was sitting on the fire
escape or going up on the roof on hot nights
58- any adult could yell at you if you got out of
59- you only ate fried eels and bacala on
60- you only had a salami pie and Easter bread
(with the hard boiled egg in the crust) at
61- honey balls (struffella) and bows were only
made at Christmas time
62- people actually celebrated name days
63- cookouts always had at least one tray of
64- a trip to the beach required at least three
days of food preparation
65- you had a minimum of 20 relatives in Brooklyn
and the Bronx
66- there was no such thing as a piece of clothing
that could not be patched
67- most of the older women worked in dress making
68- you never knew you uncle's name was Frank
until his funeral........everyone always
called him "Cheech"
69- you thought that "fat", "little", skinny",
"tall", "black", "bald", "baby", "big-nose",
"cock-eyed" were actually part of peoples given names
70- you couldn't believe that your non-Italian
friends didn't "scarpette" when they ate
71- at least one relative threw themselves on the
coffin at the cemetery
72- you wondered, why didn't everybody wear a
cross, miraculous medal, or a scapular
around their necks
73- you told everyone your mother was the best
cook in the whole world
Hahahahaha...stop your killing me! So true. Except I have changed a few.
36. I taught my sons to cook, wash dishes and cloths too
22. never used that saying
70. Not sure what that is.
But so funny. Going to send that to my relatives. They have advanced from the plastic sofa to the computer.
Itsa PASTA to Italians and Macaroni to non-Italians..........(as in Kraft Dinner!!!)
Pasta comes in a thousand shapes so when Momma sez "we're havin' pasta for supper you automatically ask "what kind!!"
or "With what???"
I have no idea what
"scarpette" means. It's pasta?
Neither do I Anna, I never heard of that term. Is that right Momm C? I was raised in an Italian houshold and I can relate to most of the list but I agree to Anna's comments, except my brother only washes dishes when absolutely necessary!
Scarpette must be an obscure dialect!
I have no idea what it means.......not familiar with the dialect but then again I'm not Italian.....
I'll ask my better half - he's more familiar with the different dialects than I. To me "scarpette" is a "little shoe" (scarpe).
I also was wondering but found it on net.
Belly dancing shoes????
Wud, you are a nerd, do you have to know EVERYTHING? You guys cant let ANYTHING go? LOL
In the "NorthEnd" of Boston,Revere,Medford,Somerville,
Saugus,Italians don't use "Tomato Sause" on the macaroni,we use "Gravy"! You need to know if it's,"Zitti",or "Zitti" with lines!"Cristoforo Colombo"
I tried to solve the scarpette mystery too, but no luck. But hey! It doesn't really make sense:
Do Italians eat with little shoes as utensils? How strange...
70- you couldn't believe that your non-Italian friends didn't "scarpette"
when they ate?
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