If you were raised by Italian-American parents, then you probably have a lot of cousins. I'm going to guess that you even have a cousin Vinny as well. You most likely have hearing issues from spending so much time with your loud AF family and you definitely know how to make a mean sauce. You can thank your Nana for that! You also know what it's like to eat pasta with red sauce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here are a few more hilarious things that are way too real for those who where raised by Italian-American parents!
When you grow up Italian, you are forced to go to family dinner every single Sunday. You may think that that doesn't sound too bad because you still have your day free, right? Wrong! You had to be at Nonna's at 3pm sharp. No excuses.
And when you were at family dinner, if you didn't take seconds or thirds, your family would be concerned. And even if you didn't want anymore food, you would take some just so everyone would get off your back.
Is this stuff in the pot sauce or is it gravy? If you were like me you may have thought, "Of course that is sauce, gravy is that brown stuff you have at Thanksgiving." If you were like my Nana, you would smack me on the head and tell me that I'm wrong.
Bringing someone over and introducing them to the family can be impossible. There are three cousin Vinny's, one Toni and three Tonys. You also have seven Salvatores, five Nicks, three Angelas and way too many nicknames to even be able to keep track of.
There was always a friend or two in your life who would ask what your father did for a living, fishing for answers. What they were fishing for was mafia ties. And while your father wasn't involved, your Cousin Frank most certainly was.
Maybe people thought that your dad was in the mafia because when you sat down to watch TV with your dad, there were only two options. You could watch Sopranos or The Godfather. Both of them are so good, you didn't mind.
It makes you cringe when you hear people say, "Mutzerella" and "Mairanaira." You try to school them on the proper pronunciation, but they will never get it. You need to get your old school grandma to teach them a thing or two.
And when your family gets together, it is so loud that people are always thinking that there is some sort of a domestic dispute going on. Really, you guys are just communicating. When you lose your hearing at a young age, I'm sure you won't be surprised.
You have heard the same stories from the same relatives for several years. Uncle Sal and his origin story. Aunt Toni's story of where she was the day you were born. Your Nana talking about how she hated your mom when your dad met her. And you love hearing them over and over again even though you hear them every single time you see them.
You know that while you don't have too many recipes from your Nana, you have a few good ones. Let's be real, she isn't about to give you all of them. But your friends will forever refuse to cook Italian food for you in fear that you will judge them and they make you cook instead. And let's be real, you would judge them so it's better this way.
Who needed Tupperware when you had a million of these? You had so many of these to store your leftovers in your fridge that you never knew if you needed more ricotta cheese. Oh who am I kidding, you can never have too much ricotta cheese.
Bringing a guy home to your Italian father was always a nightmare. He usually led with a line like, "If you do anything to my daughter, I'll break your legs." And while you knew that he meant well, it was sure to scare every single dude off that you've ever met.
When you grow up with an American-Italian family you need to learn Italian Sign Language to survive. You really can't communicate without it. When in doubt just use the "What, where, why" sign and you'll be okay.