Lessons From An Italian Household
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

The Wooden Spoon Is For Both Cooking And Punishment And 9 Other Lessons From An Italian Household

Living in a world with a big family, loud celebrations, fire-grilled pizzas, and good memories.

1014
Family
Andrew Padovano

Growing up in an Italian family can be described as walking across a balance beam with civilization and chaos standing on each side of you. For decades, we have shared many wonderful memories. At times it can get confusing as to what is anticipated and actually true. Here are some of my own examples to show what it is like to be a member of an Italian family.

There is a family reunion every summer in August

Even though we have a gathering of family, friends, and relatives for Christmas Eve, Easter, and sometimes birthday parties (if we can make a reservation), the biggest celebration of all is during the hottest month of the year. Barbecues and picnics are taken seriously like any other holiday or event.

There is no such thing as a light meal

When it comes to having dinner, appetizers are always served first. The salami, mozzarella cheese, and crackers are good, but you need to be careful not to get too full before the meal arrives. Dinner consists of a large serving of pasta, salad, bread, meat (7 fishes on Christmas Eve) and drinks. If you manage to survive without exploding like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you will find the dessert to be very satisfying.

You cannot leave until you are fed

My grandparents make large amounts of food. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming and difficult to finish the meal (I blame the appetizers!) However, nobody is allowed to leave without eating. The meal is so good that it is nearly impossible anyway for guests to come over without trying everything that is served.

Everyone uses hand gestures when telling stories

The family can be talking about something simple like the weather, something crazy at their job, or what they had for lunch that day, and still communicate with their hands.

Everyone starts talking at the same time that you forget what conversation you were a part of

It can become annoying when you are having a conversation with a family member or friend and suddenly another person is reminded of something crazy or funny that happened and they intervene. Eventually everyone starts telling a similar story and you have to process what is happening.

Appetizers, dinner, and salad are served with bread

Bread will always be placed on the side, no matter the meal. You can expect butter or a small plate with oil and vinegar served with it. There are three types of bread available, so at least you have a choice.

The wooden spoon is a tool for both cooking and punishment

It is for cooking, but it can also be used as an attitude adjustment. If you complain or act disrespectful, proceed with caution.

You will be criticized for pronouncing Italian phrases incorrectly

Make sure to learn how to say words and phrases correctly. Pronouncing them incorrectly will result in criticism or an angry stare.

Dessert is a mix of cannolis, eclairs, fruit, tiramisu, sfogliatella, zeppole, and struffoli

The dessert is the best part of every meal. Everyone takes at least one serving of two or three types of dessert after dinner. There are so many choices, but it cannot be resisted.

There are always leftovers for guests to take home with them

Hours after you have eaten your meal and had dessert, there is so much food leftover that it has become a habit for guests to take food home with them to enjoy on another day.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

1969
Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.

2826

Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

6397
Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments