The poets Elizabeth and Robert Browning were famous Italophiles.
If you are the type of person that gets jealous when your man shows someone else affection or takes other peoples sides over yours then you may want to run for the hills and pick a different guy. I am not saying that all Italian men are stubborn but let us just say that of all the Italian men I have met, and being Italian myself, there have been many, they have all been super stuck in their ways and unbending.
However, if you have no trouble with his mama then by all means go right ahead and move forward with the relationship. When an Italian guy gets something in his head, you are not going to change his mind.
Another popular dating opener is to ask you for private English lessons.
A teacher friend of mine got stung with this a number of times Italian men also have an open-minded and friendly approach to dating.
This can have an upside though, as they do make an effort to get your attention. Here are some tips: Due to this open-mindedness, Italian men are often still close friends with their exes.
A girl I know was invited to dinner with her boyfriend’s ex and her family, which she politely declined.
(Presumably to get rid of him.) At 34, he finally resides on his own, but still hadn’t gotten around to buying furniture, as he prefers to eat dinner at his mother’s. But, apparently, “if you get the right one, they’re the most incredible men in the world”.
“Don’t contradict anything they say about their moms”, ads my friend. Again, let’s listen to the native here: “They need taking care of – you must remind them of their mom. Pretend you do and just order takeaway.” In fact, they seem to expect a certain level of effort in all departments. They will love you to pieces, shower you with attention, and give you beautiful dark-haired children, resulting in a “perfect Loro Piana family”.
Many will basically pick girls up anywhere, anytime—from asking what book you are reading on the metro, to asking if you know where the wine is in the supermarket, to literally stopping you in the street with a moped (yup, happened).