The world is a very small place when you examine how people behave. When one takes a peek at Italy, you would suspect that a country that is 96% Italian and very homogeneous would display very similar behaviors, languages and cultures. ¬†Just like in the United States, geography plays a major part in the distinct differences between their Northern and Southern Italian people. ¬†Flora Fine Foods would like to take you on journey to explore the stereotypes behind Northern and Southern Italians. ¬†Just as if two people were conversing in America, the Texas rancher would be able to spot the Wall Street stock broker from Manhattan a mile away.
Kind of like the Northerners in the United States, the stereotypes about Northerner Italians remain pretty much constant across their culture. ¬†Southerners view Northerners as elitist that follow very strict manners. They are Industrialist and capitalist. They rely heavily on a refined sense of business to keep their economy steady. ¬†This mentality is ingrained in the culture since the days of Venetian trade markets in Veneto, and a young Genovese explorer named Christopher Columbus returned from the New World to Liguria with spices and gold for trade.
Northern Italians are considered to be a more educated bunch per capita considering the economies that drive their regions. ¬†The¬†industrial triangle¬†connects Milan, Turin and the seaport in Genoa connects a variety of dollars that are driven from manufacturing, wineries and banking.
The Northerners are very focused on the aesthetics of fashion. Milan is a reflection of that mentality as it is the hometown of Versace, Valentino, Prada and Armani. ¬†Jeans were a creation of Genovese sailors during the time of Columbus.
Language is something else that is very different in the North. ¬†Dialects are just as pronounced as listening to a person from Long Island talk with a person from New Orleans. ¬†Northern Italy consists of Friulian, Piedmontese, Ligurian, Venetian, Lombard and Occitan. Imagine listening to a person from Brooklyn who speaks with a person from Augusta, Maine. Two big differences.
Food reflects the landscape as well. ¬†Being close to Austria and France, Northern Italy’s cuisine are very rich in butters, rice, corn, creams and green vegetables. ¬†They use less olive oil, tomatoes and pastas. Pastas are not extinct in the North. Polenta, gnocchi and risotto are very popular. ¬†Game animals like quali and rabbit are delectable items found on dinner tables during holidays.