Saying the word “diet” in an Italian Home is like saying the “F” word. It will NEVER go over well. “Have you considered baking the veal cutlets in the oven, Mama?” “I cook the veal cutlets in the fry pan with olive oil. It’s healthy.”
You sit down at the table and see it’s covered with food already but more is coming. Right now it’s simply covered with the antipasto, cold cuts, soup, and salad for appetizers… Italian rolls, Italian bread (pre-sliced of course)…
Any attempt to mention the word “diet” will never go over very well. “You too thin! Mangia!” But Mama….. You might as well stop. Don’t try to convince Mama. She’ll give you the look. You know the look, the look that sends a million icicles piercing through you as she puts an overfilled plate in front of you. “Be quiet! Mangia!”
Great! Let’s eat! So you eat, but wait, there are several other entrees coming out. You need to make room in your stomach for the other food. Bring out the Eggplant Parmigiana, Pasta Alfredo, Chicken Cacciatore! Chicken Marsala, Anyone?! And let’s not forget the lasagna. Bring out the pasta with clams and clam sauce! Bring out every fat-filled, extravagantly tasty food! “We got tiramisu for dessert.” Don’t forget the Italian pastry, but isn’t there enough food? “Got to make sure we got enough food for everyone. We’ll send people home with food. Don’t you worry. Now go get the cannoli out of the refrigerator and put it on the table.” Wait! We haven’t finished dinner! “DO WHAT I SAID!” No arguing with Mama. Just get the cannoli out of the refrigerator.
And by the time you leave the house to do whatever you have to do, you’ll have to be rolled out, or it may feel as if you are going to explode.
However, there is a bright side to all of this: Even though you may have to roll yourself out the door or break down a wall to get out of your house, AT LEAST YOU WON’T STARVE.