Who does this guy think he is?
Their families bankrolled their Grand Tours across Europe, and they came home name-dropping Italian opera singers and restaurants no one's heard of.
'Macaroni' soon came to mean 'anything baffoonish and annoyingly snooty'. The only thing trendier than being a Macaroni was hating on them openly.
Sure, some Macaronis actually made art instead of consuming other people's creations, like Richard Crosway
Then came the era of...
trustafarian hippies, handcraft fetishists, and supremely petulant writers. Were they slumming in your 3BR Craigslist rental today, you'd probably roll your eyes at them.