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Young Italian woman shares culture shock when she first dined with her Australian boyfriend: ‘There was no spice or even salt in sight’
- An Italian woman was shocked by the tasteless food at an Australian friend’s house
- Romanée, from Adelaide, grew up in Australia with her Italian family
- In a TikTok clip, she said she was served a cooked lamb chop, peas and carrots
- She said she was confused by the lack of salt and spices at the Aussie dinner
- She was also surprised when her friend left the table without eating her food
- The Australian friend also didn’t help with the dishes and left Romanée stunned
A young Italian woman has shared the culture shock she “wasn’t prepared for” when she went to an Australian friend’s house for dinner — and the “life lesson” she learned from the experience.
Romanée, from Adelaide, grew up in Australia with her Italian family, but was shocked when she was presented with a ‘boiled lamb chop, a few peas and a few chunks of carrot’ over dinner at an Australian friend’s home.
In a TikTok video, she also said she was surprised when her friend left the table without finishing her dinner or helping with the dishes.
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Romanée (pictured), an Italian woman who grew up in Adelaide, said she was shocked by the tasteless food she was served at dinner when she first went to an Australian friend’s house
She said she was only served a ‘boiled lamb chop, a few peas and a few pieces of carrot’ with ‘no salt or seasoning to be seen’
‘In Italian culture, food is everything. It brings people together, you sit down and enjoy a nice meal, flavors, wine, it all happens’, explains Romanée.
“But I remember going to my friend Soph’s house for dinner and I was all excited and her mom brought dinner and I got a boiled lamb chop, a few peas and a few pieces of carrot and I was like is this is the?’
Romanée said she was willing to try the food and “give it a go,” but there was “not an ounce of salt” or “herb to see’.
Romanée was also surprised when her boyfriend wasn’t scolded by her parents for leaving the table before finishing dinner and not helping with the dishes.
The Italians The shock continued as her friend left the table before she’d finished everything on her plate.
“I waited for her father to start yelling at her because she didn’t finish her food and she just left the table and didn’t wash the dishes,” she said.
“But he wasn’t yelling, nobody really cared and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s something else.'”
Romanée said she took a ‘life lesson’ from the event, making sure she eats before going to an Australian dinner party, but has since met some ‘stunning’ Australian chefs.
Aussie shares the ‘amazing’ culture shock she experienced while traveling in Italy
Australian foodie Ayeh Manfre, from Sydney, has revealed in a series of TikTok clips the cultural differences she experienced during her time in Italy.
Sydney foodie Ayeh Far (pictured) has shared a series of culture shocks she experienced while spending time in Italy
She said the recycling and waste system is “taken VERY seriously with five different bins in every home.”
Ayeh also raved about the handy graters that she said were “the best” and that they had a tray at the bottom to catch the cheese.
She loved the foot pedal buttons next to the toilets that let you flush the toilet hands-free.
Ayeh said the Kinder products in Italy are “endless” and showed the supermarket aisle with dozens and dozens of chocolate brand items.
She revealed that if you order a ‘latte’ at an Italian cafe, you’ll get a glass of milk instead of a coffee.
The influencer added that in Sicilian homes, most doors and windows open in two ways.
Ayeh also shared a clip of a grocery aisle with dozens of varieties of pasta — describing the selections as “huge.”
‘If you order a drink, you get free snacks with it!’ she wrote, showing the platter of meat pastries, chips, olives, and nuts she got at a bar.
The star also showed a clip of a ‘hidden cupboard’ above the sink that doubles as a drying rack.
Her video was viewed more than 494,200 times, with hundreds of the comments sharing their similar experiences.
‘Egyptian here. Married to an Aussie (with a very English mother). This is every time I visit the in-laws. I felt this in my soul,” said one woman.
‘I’m also Italian, when I was 10 I went to an Australian friend’s house and they made penne bolognese with tomato sauce (ketchup). Traumatized forever,” laughed a second.
‘Aussie raised by an Arab mother, I was fed GOOD. I remember being served nuggets and tomato sauce at a sleepover. Not calculated’, a third recalled.