We all know about stereotypes. We all know that some stereotypes are wrong. We also know that some of them are dead straight right. Italians, like any other ethnicity, have their fair share of stereotypes, and these are some that we not only are proud of, but totally own. Anyone who is even remotely Italian, will find one or more of these to be very, very true.
1. Someone looks at your last name and asks if you're Italian.
2. Someone is shocked at how well you can a) keep your tan or b) how pale you are for an Italian.
3. You have a large family.
4. You know your extended family (3rd cousins included).
4. You, or someone in your family either is the guy, or know a guy.
5. You, or a family member, is probably named Johnny, Vinnie, Anthony (Tony), Maria, Gulia, or Nicole.
6. You don't have an inside voice, can't remain calm, and talk with your hands.
7. Pasta is it's own food group.
8. You hug your family when you see them.
9. When anyone visits, you have to feed them, just a little
10. You know at least three words in Italian.
11. You have at some point made homemade tomato sauce, pasta, and/or Cannolis.
12. You're positive someone in your family is in the mob.
13. You actually know how to say words like ricotta and gnocchi, and lord help anyone that tells you they say it "The American Way."
14. You know who Andrea Bocelli is, and at the very least, the gist of his songs.
15. You can jam out to the song "That's Amore."
16. You've all probably seen the John Pinette skit titled "France and Italy", and thought it was the most hilarious, truth filled thing, ever.
17. You know the importance of family.