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    Updated on Jan 4, 2019. Posted on Nov 6, 2017

    31 Things That Are Too Damn Real For Anyone Raised By Italian-American Parents

    Your immediate family could make up the population of a small country.

    1. Pasta was the perfect meal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack time, dinner, and dessert.

    *8 am* My dad: "you want some pasta with red sauce?" #growingupitalian

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    2. Sunday dinner at Nonna's house started promptly at 3 p.m. and all other plans had to be cancelled.

    #growingupitalian never being able to go out on a Sunday because of Sunday dinner

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    3. And if you didn't take seconds (or even thirds), there was something seriously wrong with you.

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    4. When other kids were sick, they were given cold medicine. When you were sick, you got a big bowl of al dente pastina.

    5. There were constant disputes about whether this was called "sauce" or "gravy."

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    6. Family gatherings were confusing AF because there were at least five Tonys, eight Salvatores, and three Angelas in your immediate family.

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    7. There was always one friend who asked what your father did for a living because they thought he was in the Mafia.

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    I mean...there was chance they were...but still.

    8. Maybe that's because whenever you watched TV with your dad there were only two valid options: The Sopranos or The Godfather.

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    Sometimes you got lucky and Goodfellas was on.

    9. Your family pronounced "mozzarella" a very specific way that no one else seemed to understand.

    #growingupitalian your family always correcting people for the way they say mozzarella or marinara

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    It's "moozadell."

    10. People always thought you were angry with your parents, but really you were just trying to get their attention.

    #growingupitalian not going one day without yelling "MA"

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    11. When you and your parents showed up at a restaurant, the volume increased exponentially.

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    What exactly is an "indoor voice?"

    12. Finally getting to touch Nonna's recipe book meant you weren't a total disgrace to the family.

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    13. It was never really Christmas until some distant relative of Ma's dropped one of these off:

    #GrowingUpItalian being excited asl for Christmas time for Sfogliatella & Struffoli 😍

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    14. ...or better yet, the infamous panettone.

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    15. Christmas cookie baking was taken to the extreme because of how many family members you had.

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    16. Speaking of family, heritage was everything, and you never went anywhere without telling people where you were from.

    me: hi Italian person: my grandfather came here from sicily in 1902 with only a nickel and a meatball recipe, family is everything, salud

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    17. In college, your friends made you cook the pasta, because they knew you'd complain if they did it wrong...

    18. ...and they never seemed to fully understand how important this task was.

    "Go stir the sauce" #growingupitalian

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    19. There was always a look of confusion on your parents' face when you told them you weren't hungry.

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    "Are you sure you're feeling okay?!"

    20. You would spend the summer gardening because your parents refused to go to the grocery store to buy tomatoes and basil.

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    21. Then, it would take you a whole weekend to jar all the tomatoes for future meals.

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    22. There was a very slim chance that this actually held ricotta and not a leftover meal from months ago.

    when you open one of these and it actually has ricotta in it instead of 3 month old frozen pasta sauce… https://t.co/rOCSreAItG

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    23. When your parents called your friend "stunada," that was the last time you ever invited them to your house. EVER.

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    24. To stop you from coughing in church, your Ma would slip you one of these and give you a death glare.

    I saw this in #growingupitalian the accuracy I'm crying 😂😂

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    25. A wooden spoon was, and still is, the scariest thing your Ma or Pop ever held.

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    26. Ma's definition of an "appetizer" was other people's definition of a main course.

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    27. Your dad was never happy with your choice of friends, unless they were Italian and somehow related to you.

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    "John Smith? Don't you have any nice Italian friends?"

    28. Frank Sinatra was the most important celebrity in your house. End of discussion.

    I know it's cleaning day when Sinatra is playing way louder than usual #ItalianParents

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    29. There was always some super-extended family member that showed up to a gathering and you had no clue who they were, but they knew you.

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    Ma: That's your grandma's sister's nephew's cousin Vinny. How dare you not know them!

    30. Using various "hand signals" was the only way to effectively communicate at a family gathering.

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    31. And of course, you knew that family was the most important thing in the world and came before everything else — even food.

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