And there are some gorgeous Italian men, believe me. But I am an American girl and I am comfortable admitting that I am out of my depth when dealing with Italian men. In my very limited experience, dating an Italian is like staring in your very own soap opera. Sometimes exciting, but mostly just full of eye-rolling moments.
Take my most recent Casanova for example: Sometimes it takes a bit of looking, but I pretty much always find the perfect place. This time I found a dating bts jimin club down the street from the canal. When I sat down and saw the menu I knew I had made a mistake but I ordered a drink and an appetizer.
I am not kidding you when I say that this place had the worst food I have eaten my entire time in Italy. Really, it was the worst. I was paying my bill and getting ready to leave when the pair at the art of online dating table asked me to join them. They turned out to to be cousins and the guy was very cute in an older, rugged kind of way. We talked for a little while and then the cute rugged guy asked dating a sicilian guy to dance.
There was music, but no one was dancing. I said yes and before I knew it a party had exploded around us and everyone was dancing. Pretty freaking cute right? Inappropriate Professions of Love Do you know what is not adorable? Kind of makes a mockery of the sentiment, you know? It's not really a Sicilian thing, but part of an Italian trend. It's virtually impossible to meet a reasonably attractive woman who has not been involved, however briefly, with a married man --or with a "two-timer" who has dating a sicilian guy girlfriend that he doesn't tell you about.
It's not always as crazy as it sounds, if you know what you're getting into. But usually the lies that accompany this kind of relationship get tiresome after a few months. After a couple years of this situation, one of our friends who was around 35 at the time broke off her affair with a guy from Catania on trial for alleged Mafia activity and married a short, fat, ugly man twenty-five years her senior.
This brings us to the next profile. The Older Man, The Younger Boy. We agreed that, with some notable exceptions, these relationships don't usually last very long and are most appealing for their novelty value --as a different experience. But if you walk around Palermo, Catania and especially Taormina during the early evening passegiata, you'll see the occasional man dating a sicilian guy his fifties or sixties with a woman well under forty.
We don't like the American phrase "trophy wife," but Italy seems to be full of these couples. Typically, the man is a divorced father whose children are about the same age as his girlfriend. When the older partner is the woman, she is usually in her thirties and her boyfriend is a youngish "stud" in his early love and dating sites. In those cases, the man may at least be in good physical shape; older ones are too often scrawny and flabby or fat and sluggish, factors conveniently overlooked by the younger women attracted to them.
We agreed that more funny opening messages for online dating Italian men should spend more quality time in the gym. Often, it's a student-teacher or employee-employer situation. In The Dark Heart of Italy, British journalist Tobias Jones mentions being pursued by a young, zealous, pretty studentessa at the Italian university where he was teaching English. Jones, incidentally, has lived in Italy for a number of years and his book published two years ago to favorable reviews is 'must reading' for anybody planning to live here for more than a few months.
In a place where "borrowing" another man's wife or girlfriend is a practice commonplace enough to be considered normal, it dating a sicilian guy too surprising that a man might be a little protective of his woman. Actually, it's to be expected if he really cares about you. But some men are obsessive about it. There's an old Sicilian saying: The profile of the Dating a sicilian guy Boyfriend often overlaps one or more of the other ones.
It may be an innocent fling with a man in New York or Paris, or something in another part of Sicily, far away from local gossip. But it could be a local thing. For months, one of our friends was having a weekly sex romp and little else with a short, fat Communist. Italy's Communists wear designer clothes and drive flashy cars, only rarely sharing the wealth with the masses.
She mentioned him to few friends but was never seen with him in public. A kind of opposite or inverse of "The Secret Boyfriend. Favorite prey are pretty young things from Canada, Australia, the United States or northern Europe, the blonder the better. Many Sicilian men are obsessed with blondes.