I’ve watched the most intelligent, savvy women fall for the same blatant bullshit again and again, and then still end up dejected when they realize the plain truth. If these cultural mistranslations occur between Americans and Italians, the situation among two Italians is no less tricky these days.
How can she possibly believe that: she’s the only one who’s ever made him feel so overwhelmed with emotion; that he had never seen such beauty before; he had never even dared to talk to someone so classy, but his heart speaks for him and he can’t withhold the feelings… The traditional roles are gradually being abandoned—and it’s happening too fast according to the men, and not fast enough for the women.
I asked him how his quest was going and the sound of his bubble bursting must have been audible from across the piazza.
But after talking to him for a few minutes I came to realize that his ideal “Italian” woman bore a striking similarity to Snookie from the Jersey Shore and looked nothing like the Italian women that I knew. He probably would’ve known how to handle Snookie—but I’m quite sure that he had underestimated the mortal danger he would have encountered if, by some random chance, a real Italian woman would have shown some interest.
Family dinners are incredibly important (besides, the food is always delicious).
Luckily for my boyfriend, I'm both a Taurus and an Italian. We can't even begin to name all of my mom's cousins on our fingers and toes, and that's only her first cousins."Come meet my cousin Vinny! "No family event is complete without parents breaking off and speaking Italian at the table because they don't want the kids to understand what they're saying.
Super nice guy; friendly, well-groomed, successful career—the whole meatball.
So it should be noted that American women have the exact opposite problem.Please never say "ri-cah-tah" around an Italian unless you want to watch them cringe. An Italian that doesn't always remind you somehow that she's Italian? Family is always first, and that's something that's drilled into every Italian's head as soon as we're born.Part of "family first" is actually spending time with your family.
For years they’ve assumed that “I don’t like you” is not to be taken seriously, whereas “I like you” is synonymous with “let’s go to bed.” This new honesty puts them off because it neutralizes their advantage in the hunt.