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

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Young Italian woman shares the culture shock she experienced when going to her Aussie friend’s house for dinner for the first time: ‘There wasn’t one 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 boiled lamb chop, peas and carrots 
  • She said she was confused by the lack of salt and spices at the Aussie dinner
  • She was also astonished when her friend left the table without finishing her food
  • The Aussie friend also didn’t help with the dishes leaving Romanée stunned

A young Italian woman has shared the culture shock she ‘wasn’t prepared for’ when going to an Australian friend’s house for dinner – and the ‘life lesson’ she took from the experience.

Romanée, from Adelaide, grew up in Australia with her Italian family but was shocked when she was served just a ‘boiled lamb chop, a couple of peas and a few bits of carrot’ while having dinner at an Aussie friend’s house. 

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

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Romanée (pictured), an Italian woman who grew up in Adelaide, said she was shocked by the bland food she was served at dinner the first time she went to an Australian friend’s house

She said she she was served just a 'boiled lamb chop, a couple of peas and a few bits of carrot' with 'no salt or spice to be seen'

She said she she was served just a ‘boiled lamb chop, a couple of peas and a few bits of carrot’ with ‘no salt or spice to be seen’

‘In Italian culture food is everything. It brings people together, you sit down and enjoy a beautiful meal, flavours, wine, it’s all happening,’ Romanée explained.

‘But I remember going to my friend Soph’s house for dinner and I was all excited and her mum brought out dinner and I got a boiled lamb chop, a couple of peas and a few bits of carrot and I was like is this it?’

Romanée said she was willing to try the food and ‘give it a crack’ but there was ‘not one bit of salt’ or ‘spice to be seen’. 

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

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

The Italian’s shock continued when her friend left the table before she had finished everything on her plate. 

‘I was waiting for her dad to start yelling at her because she didn’t finish her food and she just left the table and wasn’t doing the dishes,’ she said.  

‘But he didn’t yell, no one really gave a s*** and I was just like ‘wow, that is something else’.’ 

Romanée said she took away a ‘life lesson’ from the event and makes sure to eat before going to an Australian dinner party but that she’s met some ‘mind blowing’ Aussie cooks since. 

Aussie shares the ‘awesome’ culture shocks she’s experienced travelling in Italy 

Australian foodie Ayeh Manfre, from Sydney, has revealed the cultural differences she’s experienced while staying in Italy in a series of TikTok clips.

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

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

She said the recycling and rubbish system is ‘taken VERY seriously with five different bins in every house’.

Ayeh also raved about the handy graters she said were ‘the best’ and have a tray at the bottom to capture the cheese. 

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

Ayeh said the Kinder products in Italy are ‘endless’ and showed the supermarket aisle with dozens and dozens of items from the chocolate brand. 

She revealed that if you ordered a ‘latte’ in an Italian cafe, you will be given a glass of milk rather than a coffee. 

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

Ayeh also shared a clip of a supermarket aisle with dozens of varieties of pasta – describing the selections as ‘huge’.

‘If you order drink, you will get snacks for free!’ she wrote showing the platter of meat pastries, chips, olives and nuts she was given at a bar.

The star also showed a clip of a ‘hidden cupboard’ above the sink that doubles a drying rack. 

Her video was viewed more than 494,200 times as hundreds on the comments shared their similar experiences. 

‘Egyptian here. Married an Aussie (with a very English mum). This is every time I visit the in-laws. I felt this in my soul,’ one woman said. 

‘I’m Italian too, when I was 10 I went to an Aussie’s friends house and they made penne bolognese with tomato sauce (ketchup). Forever traumatised,’ laughed a second. 

‘Aussie raised by an Arab mum, I was fed WELL. My I remember getting served nuggets and tomato sauce as dinner at a sleepover. Didn’t compute,’ a third recalled.

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