"It doesn't matter what percent of blood runs in your veins... 1/4, 1/2 or even with both parents being of Italian decent. Can you speak Italian? Have you lived in Italy at all? Have you at least a basic knowledge of our culture, the history, the reality of contemporary Italy ? If you don't, you are not considered Italian here. You are just an American who think it's cool to claim to be Italian but who doesn't have any real connection or ties with Italy. This is why we think it is strange for a so-called 'Italian-American' to come to Italy and expect distant relations to host them for dinner or become their friends at all."
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