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Italian Family Fun Facts
Italian Family Fun Facts or What Every Kid that grew up Italian Knows
Italian Culture has a lot of humor in it. At least now it does, now that we are grown up. Every family, regardless of their heritage has some kind of special humor. What we, I say we because it would be nice to have others contribute, are going to do here is make a list of all the funny, strange but true ways of the Italians...with all do respect of course.
Sharing Italian family fun facts is truly about what every Italian kid knew growing up. There are sayings, Italian rituals and beliefs, favorite quotes, and remember those Italian "dirty" sayings that you didn't dare repeat, yet you knew what they meant. We all have family history and the Italian family has its share of fun family facts.
Proud to be Italian
Proud to be Italian American
I am an Italian American
My roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean
sun, and watered by pure streams from snow capped mountains.
I am enriched by thousands of years of culture.
My hands are those of the mason, the artist, the man of the soil.
My thoughts have been recounted in the annals of Rome, the poetry of
Virgil, the creations of Dante, and the philosophy of Benedetto Croce.
I am an Italian-American, and from my ancient world, I first spanned
the seas to the New World. I am Cristoforo Colombo.
I am Giovanni Caboto known in American History as John Cabot,
discoverer of the mainland of North America.
I am Amerigo Vespucci, who gave my name to the New World, America
First to sail on the Great Lakes in 1679, founder of the territory
that became the State of Illinois, colonizer of Louisiana and Arkansas, I
I am Filippo Mazzei friend of Thomas Jefferson, and my thesis on the
equality of man was written into the Bill of Rights.
I am William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
I am an Italian-American; I financed the Northwest Expedition of
George Rogers Clark and accompanied him through the lands that would
Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. I am Colonel Francesco Vigo.
I mapped the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska and to the Philippines, I
am Alessandro Malaspina.
I am Giacomo Belinimi, discoverer of the source of the Mississippi
River in 1823.
I created the Dome of the United States Capitol. They call me the
Michelangelo of America. I am Constantino Brumidi.
In 1904, I founded in San Francisco, the Bank of Italy now known as
the Bank of America, the largest financial institution in the world, I am
I am Enrico Fermi, father of nuclear science in America.
I am Steve Geppi, founder of Diamond Comics, the largest
distributorship of comics on the planet.
I am the first enlisted man to earn the Medal of Honor in World War
II; I am John Basilone of New Jersey.
I am an Italian-American.
I am the million strong who served in America's armies and the tens
of thousands whose names are enshrined in military cemeteries from
Guadalcanal to the Rhine.
I am the steel maker in Pittsburgh, the grower in the Imperial
Valley of California, the textile designer in Manhattan, the movie maker
Hollywood, the homemaker and the breadwinner in over 10,000 communities.
I am an American without stint or reservation, loving this land as
only one who understands history, its agonies and its triumphs can love and
I will not be told that my contribution is any less nor my role not
as worthy as that of any other American.
I will stand in support of this nation's freedom and protect against
My heritage has dedicated me to this nation. I am proud of my
heritage, and I shall remain worthy of it.
I am an Italian-American
50 Italian Family Fun Facts
The list begins!
1. The Real Boss of the House is Mama
2. Papa could tell by "looking" at you if you were drinking
3. Papa could tell if you're lying just by looking at you
4. Even if you weren't drinking or lying you were still wrong since Papa can't be
5. Papa could look at a wild attacking Italian Bull Dog and make him run
6. Mama would not waste time looking at the same dog, she would attack it
7. Papa was the toughest man alive outside the house
8. Mama was the toughest woman alive inside AND outside the house
9. No ONE can cook like Mama. Never think anyone can and most important NEVER SAY ANYONE CAN. YOU WILL REGRET IT FOREVER!
10. No One can cook like Mama. Never think it and most important NEVER let Mama hear you SAY it! You will regret it for life!
11. Papa could make you "shut up" with "THE LOOK"
12. Never try to out stare Mama or Papa, you will lose or get hurt
13. It's true Mama will hit you and your friends with the spoon
14. Papa will refer to your friends as "Hoodlums" sooner or later
15. If your friends are at your house at dinner time, Mama and Papa will make them eat
16. Mama is the only 24/7 original cook
17. Mama's gravy is the Best in the World
18. Papa will never teach you about sex, he figures every male is born knowing this
19. Mama will teach her daughters about sex, in her way, to either wait or "I'm Telling Papa"
20. The only people who Mama and Papa are afraid of are Nonna and Nonno (Grandma/Grandpa)
21. You will hear the word "respect" thousands of times
22. Make no plans for Holidays except to be with family, you will never hear the end of it
23. Unless you're in the Armed Service or in jail, never miss Sunday dinner
24. Papa will tell you "they can't hit harder then me" if you ever back down to a fight
25. Papa will smile if you have a black eye but Mama will baby you
26. Papa will smile if he knows you've been"with a woman" Mama will call her a Puttana
27. There really is an "Italian Curse"!!!!!!!!!!!
28. Never would you find a "Jar" of Gravy in Mama's house!
29. Everyone would steal a just fried meatball when Mama was not looking
30. Everyone dipped bread in Mama's gravy when she wasn't looking
31. It's GRAVY not SAUCE
32. Nonna protected you from Mama and Papa
33. It wasn't called a "dish towel" it was called a "Moppine"
34. Every Italian kitchen had a "Cast Iron Pan"
35. You will hear the phrase "If It wasn't for the Italian's" thousands of times
36. In an italian Neighborhood you go to everyone's funeral even if you didn't know the departed out of respect
37. Italian's make "The Sign of the Cross' when passing a Church
38. Every kid had a Saint Christopher medal
39. Italians didn't need cell phones, they just yelled out the window
40. Stiletto did not refer to ladies shoes
41. Bleach (aka Clorox) was called "beongoline"
42. The phrase "Somana Beach" meant " Son of a Bitch"
43. Gravy was made early morning every Sunday and simmered for at least 7 hours
44. Gotta have the Pork
45. You can smell Sunday's in every Italian area
46. No one can cook like Mama. Never think anyone can and NEVER say anyone can. You will regret it forever!
47. Italian parents know what you're thinking, even if you're not thinking it
48. Italian parents know what you're gonna do, even before you do it
49. Get used to hearing " You Gonna Break Your Mamas Heart"
50. When you marry an Italian you're married to their entire family
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I am sure for most second generation Italian American children who grew up in the 30s, 40's, 50's & 60's there was a definite distinction between us and them. We were Italians, everybody else, the Irish, the Germans, the Polish, they were Americans.
I was well into adulthood before I realized I was an American. I had been born American and lived here all my life, but Americans were people who ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on mushy white bread. I had no animosity towards them, it's just I thought ours was the better way with our bread man, egg man, vegetable man, the chicken man, to name a few of the peddlers who came to our neighborhoods. We knew them, they knew us.
Americans went to the A&P. It amazed me that some friends and classmates on Thanksgiving and Christmas ate only turkey with stuffing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce. We had turkey, but only after antipasto, soup, lasagna, pasta, meatballs, sausage, pork, caponata and salad!
In case someone came in who didn't like turkey, we also had a roast of beef. Soon after we were eating fruits, nuts, pastries and homemade cookies sprinkled with little colored things. This is where you learned to eat a seven course meal between noon and four PM, how to handle hot chest nuts and put peaches in wine. Italians live a romance with food. Sundays we would wake up to the smell of garlic and onions frying in olive oil. We always had macaroni and sauce.
Sunday would not be Sunday without going to mass. Of course you couldn't eat before mass because you had to fast before receiving communion. We knew when we got home we'd find meatballs frying, and nothing tasted better than newly cooked meatballs with crisp bread dipped into a pot of hot gravy (not sauce).
Another difference between them and us was we had gardens. Not just with flowers, but tomatoes, peppers, basil, lettuce and 'cucuzza'. Everybody had a grapevine and fig tree. In the fall we drank homemade wine arguing over who made the best. Those gardens thrived because we had something our American friends didn't seem to have. We had Grandparents.
It's not that they didn't have grandparents. It's just they didn't live in the same house or street. We ate with our grandparents, and God forbid we didn't visit them 3 times a week. I can still remember my grandfather telling us how he came to America when he was young, on the 'boat.'
I'll never forget the holidays when the relatives would gather at my grandparents' house, the women in the kitchen, the men in the living room, the kids everywhere. I must have fifty cousins. My grandfather sat in the middle of it all drinking his wine he was so proud of his family and how well they had done.
When my grandparents died, things began to change. Family gatherings were fewer and something seemed to be missing. Although we did get together usually at my mother's house, I always had the feeling grandma and grandpa were there.
Its understandable things change. We all have families of our own and grandchildren of our own. Today we visit once in a while or meet at wakes or weddings. Other things have also changed. The old house my grandparents bought is now covered with aluminum or vinyl siding. A green lawn covers the soil that grew the tomatoes. There was no one to cover the fig tree, so it died.
The holidays have changed. We still make family 'rounds' but somehow things have become more formal. The great quantities of food we consumed, without any ill effects, are not good for us anymore. Too much starch, too much cholesterol, too many calories in the pastries. The difference between 'us' and 'them' isn't so easily defined anymore, and I guess that's good. My grandparents were Italian-Italians; my parents were Italian-Americans. I'm an American and proud of it, just as my grandparents would want me to be. We are all Americans now... the Irish, Germans, Polish, all U.S. citizens.
But somehow I still feel quite a bit Italian. Call it culture... call it roots... I'm not sure what it is. All I do know is that my children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, have been cheated out of a wonderful piece of our heritage.
PASS THIS ON TO YOUR ITALIAN AND ALMOST ITALIAN AND WANNA BE ITALIAN FRIENDS... GOD BLESS AND HAVE A GOOD DAY
Do you know what this Italian Saying Means
"Mia moglie ha sempre ragione?
(keep reading to learn)
16 Italian Name Meanings
Italian Family Facts...Names for Boys & Girls
There is more to naming a child than simply picking a baby name, and the old Italian families are said to have always chosen names with a significant meaning. Here is a short list of some Italian names with their meanings and gender. Naturally there are many more Italian names for boys and girls, but 16 Italian name meanings is a good start.
Angelina means Little Angel (f)
Benito means Blessed (m)
Carmine means Song (m)
Dino means Little Sword (m)
Enrico means Ruler of the Household (m)
Fabiola means Bean Grower (f)
Guido means Forest Guide (m)
Leonardo means Like a Lion (m)
Mario means Sailor (m)
Natalia means Born on Christmas (f)
Primo means First Born (m)
Rufina means Red-Haired (f)
Salvatore means Savior (m)
Tino means Small (m)
Umberto means Color of Earth (m)
Vera means Truth (f)
Source: Name Meanings
The Italian saying...
"Mia moglie ha sempre ragione?
(my wife is always right)
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