An Italian woman’s culture shock over bland food being served for dinner at her Australian friend’s house

The young Italian shares the culture shock she experienced when she went to her Australian friend’s house for dinner for the first time: ‘There wasn’t a spice or even salt to be seen’

  • An Italian woman was shocked by the bland 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 puzzled by the lack of salt and spices in Australian dinners
  • She was also amazed when her friend left the table without having finished her meal
  • The Aussie friend also didn’t help with the dishes, leaving Romanée stunned

A young Italian woman has shared the culture shock she “was not prepared for” when she went to dinner with an Australian friend – 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 only served a “boiled lamb chops, some peas and some carrots” at dinner at an Australian friend’s house.

In a TikTok video, she also said she was amazed when her friend left the table without finishing her meal or helping with the dishes.

Romanée (pictured), an Italian who grew up in Adelaide, said she was shocked at the bland food she was served for dinner when she first visited an Australian friend's house

Romanée (pictured), an Italian who grew up in Adelaide, said she was shocked at the bland food she was served for dinner when she first visited an Australian friend’s house

She said she was only served a

She said she was only served a “cooked lamb chop, some peas and a few chunks of carrots” with no salt or spices in sight.

“In Italian culture, food is everything. It brings people together, you sit down and enjoy a nice meal, flavors, wine, everything happens,” explained Romanée.

“But I remember going to my friend Soph’s house for dinner and I was super excited and her mom brought dinner and I got a boiled lamb chops and some peas and some carrots and I was like, is that it?”

Romanée said she was willing to taste the food and “try it,” but it wasn’t “a little bit of salt” or “spice to see’.

Romanée was also amazed when her friend wasn't yelled at by her parents for leaving the table before she finished eating and not helping with the dishes

Romanée was also amazed when her friend wasn’t yelled at by her parents for leaving the table before she finished eating and not helping with the dishes

The Italians The shock continued when her friend left the table before she had finished her plate.

“I was waiting for her dad to start yelling at her because she didn’t finish her food and just left the table and didn’t wash up,” she said.

“But he wasn’t yelling, nobody was really giving in and I was just like, ‘Wow, that’s different’.”

Romanée said she took a “life lesson” from the event and make sure she eats before going to an Australian dinner party, but has since met some “amazing” Australian chefs.

Aussie shares the ‘awesome’ culture shocks she experienced while traveling in Italy

Australian foodie Ayeh Manfre, from Sydney, has revealed the cultural differences she experienced during her stay in Italy in a series of TikTok clips.

Sydney's foodie Ayeh Far (pictured) has shared a series of culture shocks she's experienced while spending time in Italy

Sydney’s foodie Ayeh Far (pictured) has shared a series of culture shocks she’s experienced while spending time in Italy

She said the recycling and trash system is “taken VERY seriously with five different bins in each home.”

Ayeh also raved about the handy graters, which she said are “the best” and have a tray at the bottom to catch the cheese.

She loved the foot pedal buttons next to the toilets that allow you to flush the toilet hands-free.

Ayeh said the Kinder products in Italy were “endless,” and showed the supermarket aisle lined with dozens and dozens of items from the chocolate brand.

She revealed that when you order a “latte” at an Italian cafe, instead of a coffee, you get a glass of milk.

The influencer added that in Sicilian homes, most doors and windows open in two directions.

Ayeh also shared a clip of a supermarket aisle with dozens of types of pasta – and described the selection as “huge”.

‘If you order a drink, you get snacks for free!’ She wrote and showed the platter of meatballs, fries, olives and nuts that she received at a bar.

The star also shared a clip of a “hidden closet” above the sink that doubles as a drying rack.

Her video has been viewed more than 494,200 times as hundreds shared in the comments their similar experiences.

“Egyptian here. Married to an Australian (with a very English mother). It’s every time I visit the in-laws. I felt that in my soul,” said one woman.

“I’m Italian too, when I was 10 I went to a friend of an Aussie’s and they made penne bolognese with tomato sauce (ketchup). Traumatized forever,” laughed for a second.

“Aussie, raised by an Arab mother, I was fed WELL. I remember being served nuggets and tomato sauce for dinner one night. Didn’t count,” recalled a third.

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