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10 Struggles of Being an Italian-Canadian

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

We're all in this together ragazzi!

  1. People can never pronounce our last names properly. Any award ceremony we've ever participated in has been a disappointing event. No matter how you write it out, the master of ceremonies is without a doubt going to butcher it.

  2. People often speak to us in a Super Mario accent, and think it's hilarious. The first time might have been funny, the second time was enough, and if you still haven't caught on by the third time that it drives us nuts, we're just going to ignore you.

  3. We can't help but cringe when people mispronounce our favourite foods. Brew-shetta, Bock-on-cheeny, Pro-shoot-o, G-knocky, Arr-on-cheeny, Ree-zotto and Gel-addo really put us over the edge.

  4. We're easily unimpressed with Italian restaurants. We have our favourites, and if we try a new place and the sauce is off, they'll NEVER see us again.

  5. We're always having Italy withdrawals. If we're ever having a bad day, this is the first place we wish we were. Or if we're planning a vacation, this is the first place that comes to mind.

  6. Arm hair. We've been saving up for laser hair removal since the first day we were made fun of at school.

  7. We never experienced a normal school lunch growing up. Our parents would send us to school with panini's, cheeses, and leftover pasta. Kids loved to tease us Italian kids about our prosciutto sandwiches at lunch. Now, cured meats is the first thing they order when they go to an Italian restaurant.

  8. All we think about is food. This has for sure bitten us in the butt several times in our lives. If we ever got our phones confiscated at school, it's probably because we were researching where we were going to eat that night. We've also gotten a lot of grief from our parents from asking about our Easter menu on January 1st.

  9. There's never enough gelato places close to home. Unless you live in Vaughan or near St. Clair West, you have to drive at least 20 minutes to get some good pistachio or nocciola (hazelnut) gelato.

  10. We want to be fit, but carbs are life.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know below which of these struggles you relate most to.

Fa la brava,


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