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TOP 8 Italian Dinner Rules🍽️🇮🇹

Even if they are unspoken, there are always rules when having dinner in an Italian house.

1. Dad is always at the head of the table

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2. Salad is eaten at the end of your meal

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3. No one starts eating until you’ve said grace and/or “Buon appetito”

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4. No hoods or hats at the table

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5. Pasta comes first, then the meat or seafood

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6. Mom or Nonna expect you to compliment their cooking

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7. There is always either dessert, espresso, or a digestivo (or sometimes all 3) to finish the meal

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8. If there isn’t any leftover food then you didn’t make enough

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What are some other Italian dinner rules? Comment them down below.

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1 comment

  1. Everyone generally sits in the same place, sort of unspoken. My little grandson once got very upset when a new person sat in his chair. He tried so hard to be polite and the guy kept saying what difference does it make. Finally he just said, “Because I always sit next to my grandma.” His twin popped up and announced she always sat on the other side.

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