american italian

“L'ho dipinta di nero,so che non ti piacciono le cose normali.”

American Horror Story

so something kind of surreal happened??

my dad’s side of the family is italian-american. and my dad was just casually browsing some facebook page about italian-americans, when he sees this:

and he thinks, wait. wait. let’s take a closer look at that family in the lower right, shall we?

this is our family. literally our family, a few generations back. that kid in the lower left who’s really happy? that’s my grandfather. the guy in the back with his arms up? great-grandfather. this photograph literally hanging on the wall in our family’s dining room wha t the fuck

as promised….italian-american pidge hcs by your certified italian-american dude since pidge was confirmed to be italian here we go:

-she calls marinara sauce gravy/red gravy. this confuses the fuck outta everyone, especially hunk. she’ll try cooking with him and be like “throw some more oregano in the gravy” and he’ll be like “?????”

-pizza is life. i hc now that she grew up in new jersey/new york (home of most italian-americans), so she’s used to BIG thin slices of pizza covered in olive oil. one time she went down south and almost DIED at how small and shitty the slices of pizza were.

-when people piss her off, she gives them the italian salute, but they don’t know what it means

-she can’t speak italian but she’ll curse/make exclamations in it (“madonna!”)

-she once brought lance and hunk to her cousin’s wedding as her platonic “dates” and the whole time the three of them just watched as all the little old ladies took tubbaware out of their purses and started stealing food out of the buffet line

-also, she took lance and hunk to her grandma’s house and the whole time she insisted on feeding them. idk, i think this is pretty universal across all grandma’s, but italian grandma’s will either passive aggressively force you to eat or they will curse you out/make you feel bad until you eat.

-matt tried to be an italian stallion (think the white tank top, greased back black hair, gold chain with a cross on the end, mama’s boy type of dude) because they had a cousin that fit the stereotype but he wasn’t stocky enough and didn’t have the attitude. pidge thought it was hilarious.

-now that she’s in space she would kill for those jelly sandwich cookies

-and also penne vodka

-and also a good cannoli

-she once fought a guy over the importance of cannolis (this is something i have done)

-christmas is the biggest holiday (feast of the seven fishes, baby)

-she’s catholic but not practicing

-something bad: *happens*
-pidge: *crosses herself*

Call Me By Your Name (2017) dir. Luca Guadagnino

Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.

European representation in American media

Italians: Mafia bosses, criminals, uneducated immigrants

Germans: Nazis, evil scientists

Austrians: Germans

Spaniards: Spain is a country? I thought it was a language

Portugal: ???

Russians: mobsters, villains in superhero movies, Evil Communists unless it’s some Stalingrad movie

Eastern Europeans: poor, violent, petty criminals, mobsters, communists

Slavs: Eastern Europeans

Dutch: idk, weed? Serena Van Der Woodsen? 

Belgians: lol what is that

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania: lmfao

Greeks: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Northern Europe: Asgard

British: educated gentlemen that never get drunk or into pub fights

Irish: mobsters, poor immigrants, sometimes terrorists

French: rude yet romantic people speaking a sexy language, Les Miserables

Icelanders: wut

Swiss: they take good care of main characters’ money

Maltese: haha 

Cypriots: …

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Call Me by Your Name, a film by Luca Guadagnino - November 24, 2017

Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian (Timothée Chalamet) is enamored by an American student (Armie Hammer) who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.

Having wrapped up the photography for Paul Petronella’s (Paulie’s Restaurant) highly anticipated 20th Year Anniversary Cookbook earlier this summer, it is always intriguing to see the photography intertwined in the layout of the book!

All your favorite recipes from Paulie’s will be within the binding of this book, PLUS some of his personal family favorites.

Available late 2017, just in time for your seasonal gift giving!

Featuring Camerata at Paulie’s
and Paulie’s Cookies.

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