You Might Be Italian If...
Start writing a post
Relationships

You Might Be Italian If...

Pass the parmesan cheese.

178
You Might Be Italian If...
Mr. Porter

I take great pride in my family's Italian heritage. A tradition of hard work, close-knit family values, loud dinner table talks, and a sense of community are qualities that unite us. The role of stories as a force to bring people together is another aspect of my family tradition that I adore. In light of our recent family reunion, I decided to write this article reflecting on the importance of family traditions, as I, unfortunately, could not go back home to attend the reunion. Here are just a few of my favorite memories shared with my family. You (definitely) might be Italian if you can relate.


1. Christmas Eve dinner consists of seven fishes

You might be Italian if you celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, complete with calamari, spaghetti with homemade pesto, and tiramisu, with "Dominic the Donkey" as an incessant soundtrack to the entire event.

2. Your Sunday meals look like this

You might be Italian if you always cherished spending entire Sunday afternoons eating homemade meat sauce and pasta that your Nanny and Nonno made for you, and then relaxing to watch TV and talk about anything new in your life.

3. You can't wait for the San Gennaro Feast every year

You might be Italian if you've ever been to the San Gennaro Feast in New York City and enjoyed being around endless sights, sounds, and food.

4. You love the North End

You might be Italian if you love visiting the North End in Boston, MA with your family, specifically heavenly lobster tail pastries from Bova's Bakery or a delicious dish from Taranta. Always go to Bova's. Modern or Mike's are good but slightly overrated.

5. You're always talking. Loudly.

You might be Italian if you find it hard to keep a secret, or if you attract the attention of people from across the room because you're talking so loudly.

6. You celebrate Little Christmas

You might be Italian if, even after December 25th, you keep the Christmas tree up to celebrate Little Christmas (The Epiphany) on January 6th.

7. Your extended family looks like this

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F03%2F26%2F636260920286121759-1254024182_17523262_10212211546628103_665347039677439142_n.jpg%3Foh%3D28c145e9f5a7a5adb94619fcdcf78f26%26oe%3D599AC01B&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=19&h=6535bbadec738dffe60fc2cc2f9ee7f062290121363bc6340475a7f5d3cfff27&size=980x&c=1965206851 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F03%252F26%252F636260920286121759-1254024182_17523262_10212211546628103_665347039677439142_n.jpg%253Foh%253D28c145e9f5a7a5adb94619fcdcf78f26%2526oe%253D599AC01B%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D19%26h%3D6535bbadec738dffe60fc2cc2f9ee7f062290121363bc6340475a7f5d3cfff27%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1965206851%22%7D" expand=1 original_size="1x1"]

You might be Italian if you search so deeply into your family history that you eventually discover family members you never knew you had.

8. You participate in elaborate Easter baking

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F03%2F26%2F636260918249155614-1780948847_12592633_10206222609110128_2704769509711530074_n.jpg%3Foh%3D94c0a703dc2f129f8416319ad4f8d9fe%26oe%3D596F1E44&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=795&h=c5cf531d468fed3f7d59875ca4a8617db67dc71b3e379a565dc61a04ab20cce6&size=980x&c=2028152058 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F03%252F26%252F636260918249155614-1780948847_12592633_10206222609110128_2704769509711530074_n.jpg%253Foh%253D94c0a703dc2f129f8416319ad4f8d9fe%2526oe%253D596F1E44%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D795%26h%3Dc5cf531d468fed3f7d59875ca4a8617db67dc71b3e379a565dc61a04ab20cce6%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2028152058%22%7D" expand=1 original_size="1x1"]

You might be Italian if you find yourself celebrating Easter by filling your kitchen with meat pies, ricotta pies, and braided sweet bread.

9. Your entire family knows all the little things about you

You might be Italian if your entire family (cousins, parents, aunts, uncles) knows about small details of your life and is always willing to support you.

10. You think Olive Garden is fake Italian

You might be Italian if you firmly believe with your entire heart and soul that Olive Garden is fake Italian and you absolutely cannot trust a person who thinks otherwise.

11. You love the Opera

You might be Italian if your family has a deep love for opera and if you fondly remember taking drives to get an espresso on Sunday afternoons with your Nonno, listening to opera on the car rides there.


So, there you have it. Among all of the things that change in the world, family is a constant, and it stretches across decades and even centuries if you look deep enough. As my uncle would say, your definitions of family can vary: family doesn't have to be confined to blood or DNA. It's about who you love and who you can always count on to support you, and sometimes, that's all that matters.

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

How I Went From Pro-Life To Pro-Choice

"No one can make you do this."

2621
msra.org

I was raised in a strict, Irish-Catholic family. My parents and grandparents, even though I love them, instilled many beliefs in me that I came to disagree with as I grew older, things like "homosexuality is weird and wrong." I eventually rejected many of these ideas once I began growing into myself, but there was always one belief I let ring true well into my teen years: abortion is the murder of an unborn baby.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Trip to The City of Dreams

In a city that never sleeps, with constant bustling and hustling in the streets, my friend and I venture out to see what the "Big Apple" is all about.

1588
Trip to The City of Dreams

There are so many ways for one to describe the beautiful city of New York. It is breathtaking, exciting and alive all in one. Taking a trip here was absolutely the adventure of a lifetime for me and I'm so grateful to have gotten to see all there is to do in the "City of Dreams" with one of my best friends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

a God story.

testimony.

6360
a God story.

many of you have someone in your life you admire the most. a parent, a superhero, a celebrity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Religion

God, What's Next?

What you're probably asking yourself during your season of waiting.

5268
God, What's Next?

We spend most of our lives waiting for something. Maybe you're waiting for a job opportunity to open up, or for a professor to email you back because you procrastinated on your assignment, or maybe you're waiting for the next chapter in your life to start. Whatever the case maybe be for you I want to let you know that your season of waiting is not in vain! It may seem like it but your season of waiting is a crucial part in your walk with Christ. You may not have a walk with Christ and I encourage you to be open to starting a relationship with him but even your time of waiting isn't in vain. Waiting is a hard thing to do but it is so worth it in the end. The Bible even tells us this in Ecclesiastes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments