I should not be amazed by the number of e-mails I receive from women interested in dating an Italian man, a result of an article I wrote about their charms more than a decade ago now. Most of the Italian men I know live up to the reputation of the Latin lover, which has its pros (more passion and romance than you could ever imagine) and cons (ick, the jealousy), but is absolutely alluring. Since so many women contact me for advice on how to date an Italian man and many of them are not Italian themselves, so have no idea what they are in for, I recently wrote a story about “How to Date in Italy” for the Our Paesani column on ItaliansRus.
With that in mind, I want to encourage people with an interest in an Italian man to give it a whirl. It might not work out because of some of those cons I brought up before, but you never know. And it’s always better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Anyway, there are three very good reasons to date (and perhaps marry) an Italian man (as if you needed a reason):
3. They’ll feed you better than anyone you’ve ever met, and they’re not afraid of women having some meat on their bones. In fact, they rejoice when a woman cleans her plate and appreciates a good meal. (They like cooking with her, too.)
2. They’re romantic. The idea of the principe azzurro (Italy’s description for Prince Charming, which literally means blue prince) is alive and well. Italian men have a way about them that makes the object of their affection feel like she’s the sexiest woman alive. Forget the roses and chocolates. Most of the time a wink and a smile is enough to woo you.
1. They’re super sexy. No further explanation necessary.