- You no longer can eat salty food for breakfast, and if you do you definitely can’t mix it with something sweet.
- You scoff at people who drink cappuccinos after 11am.
- You say “Aye-yah!” when you get hurt instead of “Ouch” or “Ow-ah!”
- You realize you’ve started staring at people much more, but don’t think it’s as rude as you once did.
- You cross the street whenever a car isn’t coming — to hell with the little red person on the traffic light.
- Similarly, you’re less scared not to follow road laws, and drive much more — ahem — ‘freely’ than you once did.
- You can slip sarcasm or double-meanings into any conversation, no matter what the topic.
- You begin English sentences with “Allora” and do things like “taking” a dish or “doing” a shower.
- You use your hands during every conversation, sometimes responding to English friends with a gesture that fully explains your point, but that they’re likely not to understand.
- You don’t think twice about paying for water, and you never expect ice.
- You wear long pants even when it’s over 75˚ Fahrenheit.
- Your go-to small talk is about upcoming or recently-had vacations.
- You firmly believe in the dangers of cold air on your throat and happily take a digestive shot after dinner.
- You become fiercely proud of the town you’re “from” (or living in) and know the waiters, baristas, and mammas throughout.
Photo: Un americano a Roma (internationally released as An American in Rome) is a 1954 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. The film consists in a satire of americanization, and it was referred as "a milestone in the evolution of Italian self-identification".