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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.

The Northerners

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.

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