-Italians don’t drink to get drunk.
Spend time in any small town and you will see that they do, tho usually not as belligerently as people where you’re from.
-The “primo piatto” of pasta is small, more like a taste of pasta to get your stomach ready for what else is coming.
Maybe in larger cities, but in many small to medium towns, the first plate is a meal in itself yet is still followed by a secondo. It is also the primary reason I blame for gaining 5 kilos in 7 months.
-Italians are such warm, open people.
Ok. This one’s kinda true. So many Italians I’ve met will tell you the most personal (often cringe-worthy) facts about themselves. Unfortunately, they will also ask you the most personal, cringe-inducing questions. I still haven’t figured out how to respond when this happens.
-Only tourists drink cappuccino after noon.
Not true. Around here, some locals do, but they call it cappuccio. And when they order it, they do so with attitude: “Un cappuccio, per favore, eh?” In Italian, with an “eh?” at the end. Makes all the difference.
-Your Italian grandmother is the only one who knows how to make sauce correctly.
EVERYONE’s grandmother is the only one who knows how to make sauce correctly. Just ask them.