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    Sunday Dinner for Italians

    Italians have a $40,000 kitchen, but use the $259 stove from Sears in the basement to cook.

    There is some sort of religious statue in the hallway, living room, bedroom, front porch and backyard.

    The living room is filled with old wedding favors with poofy net bows and stale almonds (they are too pretty to open). A portrait of the Pope and Frank Sinatra hangs in the dining room.

    God forbid if anyone EVER attempted to eat Chef Boy-are-dee, Franco American, Ragu, Prego or anything else in a jar or can (tomato paste is the exception). Meatballs are made with Pork, Veal and Beef. We are Italians; we don't care about cholesterol. Turkey is served on Thanksgiving, AFTER the manicotti, gnocchi, lasagna and soup. If anyone EVER says ES-CAROLE, slap 'em in the face it's SHCAROLE. If they ever say ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP, let the idiot know that there is no wedding, nor is there an Italian in the soup. Also, the tiny meatballs must be made by hand. No matter how hard you know you were going to get smacked, you still came home from church after communion, you stuck half a loaf of bread in the sauce pot, snuck out a fried meatball and chowed down; so you'll make up for it next week at confession. Sunday dinner was at 1:00.

    The meal went like this...Table is set with everyday dishes...doesn't matter if they don't match...they're clean, What more do you want? All the utensils go on the right side of the plate and the napkin goes on the left. Put a clean kitchen towel at Nonna & Papa's plate because they won't use napkins. Homemade wine and bottles of 7up are on the table. First courses, antipasto...change plates. Next, Macaroni (Nonna called all spaghetti Macaroni)...change plates. After that, Roasted Meats, Roasted Potatoes, Over-cooked Vegetables... change plates. THEN, and only then (NEVER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEAL,) would you eat the salad (HOMEMADE OIL & VINEGAR DRESSING ONLY)...change plates. Next, Fruit, Nuts - in the shell (on paper plates because you ran out of the other ones). Coffee with Anisette (Espresso for Nonna, "Merican" coffee for the rest) with hard cookies (Biscottis) to dip in the coffee.

    The kids go play. The men go lie down. They slept so soundly you could do brain surgery on them without anesthesia. The women clean the kitchen. Getting screamed at by Mom or Nonna - half the sentence was English, the other half Italian. Italian mothers never threw a baseball in their life, but can nail you in the head with a shoe thrown from the kitchen while you're in the living room.

    Prom Dress that Zia Ceserina made you - $20.00 for material. Prom hair-do from Cousin Angela...Free. Turning around at prom to see your entire family (including Godparents) standing in the back of the gym...PRICELESS!

    The true Italians will love this, those of you who are married to Italians will understand this, and those of you who are friends with Italians will remember and will forward it to their Italian friends.

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    Re: Sunday Dinner for Italians

    Yep. I am German, but married an Italian. All of this is correct, down to a tee. Sooo funny.
    "Outside of a dog, a book is mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

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    • #3
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      I live in Little Italy and almost every house on the block is just like this.

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        Originally posted by Rubelishous View Post
        Sunday Dinner for Italians
        ~SNIP~

        Prom Dress that Zia Ceserina made you - $20.00 for material. Prom hair-do from Cousin Angela...Free. Turning around at prom to see your entire family (including Godparents) standing in the back of the gym...PRICELESS!

        The true Italians will love this, those of you who are married to Italians will understand this, and those of you who are friends with Italians will remember and will forward it to their Italian friends.
        My brother married an Italian girl 20 years ago & this is a biography of their life! I married a Polish guy 40 years ago & this is a biography of my life!
        "WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG AND CARRYING A CROSS." -SINCLAIR LEWIS

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        • #5
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          Imagine my Jewish life!

          What's the difference between a Jewish grandmother and an Italian grandmother?

          An Italian grandmother says "If you don't eat, I'll kill you!"

          A Jewish grandmother says "If you don't eat, I'll kill myself!"

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          • #6
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            I'm italian and this is my life!

            My Nana and Nano (Noona & Papa) lived with us....that's why we are all FAT in my family!
            "Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle"

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            • #7
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              We lived in Italy from 1984-1987 and seemed to absorb the lifestyle along with the wine and the pasta and the pizza...Yes my aim improved immensely, I make my own pasta sauce AND meatballs, and we STILL have our salad at the end of the meal. We still prefer Italian wines. DH and DS still converse with each other in Italian, on occassion. We would love to go back for a visit....maybe next year...
              Communicate. It can't make things any worse!

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              • #8
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                DH is Italian and that's his family, first time I went over for Thanksgiving dinner, I could not believe all the food. Escrole soup, macaroni,meatballs. I thought that's odd our family has turkey for Thanksgiving. Little did I know turkey & fixins are coming up. It takes a few hours eatting Thanksgiving. My in laws still have the feast of the seven fishes Christmas Eve. They live back east and we don't see them around the holiday times. Miss all that food, MIL & her sisters are wonderful cooks.

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                • #9
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                  The first Italian wedding reception I went to noone warned me that they served a gazillion courses. I was delighted with the first course & the second, then came 8, 9, 10 then dessert. Forget dancing - roll me around the floor.

                  Friends of mine - their mother was the champion shoe thrower of the neighbourhood. You did something wrong and ran - she'd get you in the back of the head no matter how fast you went. Plus she could throw with either hand. What a hoot.

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                  • #10
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                    I love it. My uncle John was Italian, and this was their house. I loved being there, loved the laughter, food, smells and love that was shared.

                    Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories and feelings.

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                    • #11
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                      Lots of screams and yelling at each other but at the end of the day WE LOVE EACH OTHER and no one better say anything bad about anyone in the family.
                      "Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle"

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