Top ten: Most common Italian stereotypes
Everyone has heard of The Godfather and Super Mario but do they represent the real Italy? With the help of Martin Solly, the Turin-based author of Xenophobe’s Guide to the Italians, The Local has debunked (and confirmed) some common Italian stereotypes.
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People eat only pizza and spaghetti. Untrue. "Travelling around Italy, you will notice that the menu can be very different depending on the region you go to,” says Solly. “But one thing that you will find everywhere is that the quality of ingredients is always very high. Eating in Italy (the home of the Slow Food movement) is a serious business and it helps that most Italians are usually excellent cooks.”