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29 Things Only Aussie-Italians Will Understand

"Why aren't you eating? Are you sick?"

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3. There was nothing quite as threatening as the words, "I'm getting the wooden spoon."

#growingupitalian your biggest fear when you were younger


6. And it was definitely more natural talent than recipes.

Me: how much should i put in? Nonna: just enough Me: no like the measurement Nonna: yeah just enough #growingupitalian

7. There were certain traditions that came with cooking.

Making crostoli? Get that shot of grappa out.


8. And literally nothing tasted better than homemade risotto or gnocchi.

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10. Any gathering called for platters of cheese, dips, olives, Jatz, cabanossi, and water crackers.

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11. And there were always plenty of deli meats available for a casual snack.

13. And her lifelong dreams basically revolved around fattening up her "skinny" grandchildren.

When nonna tries to feed you but you're already full #drake #hotlinebling #wogproblems

14. When the whole family got together in the one house, it basically sounded like the circus had come to town.

No such thing as quiet voices in Italian families.


17. (Of course, there's always one zia called Maria).

#GrowingUpItalian having a million marias' and giavonnas' in your family


22. And every year without fail there'd be a Christmas wreath made out of Minties or chocolate.

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And an Advent calendar for the younger kids.


24. You definitely learnt over time if you found a cookie tin that it'd only ever hold buttons and miscellaneous sewing equipment.

β€œ@caitlinpavone: #growingupitalian this held the sewing kit not cookies β€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

26. And there was definitely always that one Aussie kid that asked if you had any family in the mafia.

Having a friend who ask you if someone in your family is in the mafia #growingupitalian

No. No.

27. As you got older, you were lectured on finding a nice Italian or European partner to settle down with.

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