The funniest thing happened at my Cultural Communications class, you know the class where we learn how to work with different cultures. So for the last 2 lessons we have been watching and explaining bits of the movie that shows an international meeting between an Indian, Egyptian, Italian, North American, British, Chinese, and German person. Each of their cultural aspects are too exaggerated! The funniest part was when it shows them all having dinner in order to get to know each other (by the way they are in Rome for the meeting). Therefore, the Italian plays a key hosting role. He is very kind and tells them what they should eat (everything he describes is NOT on the menu because he believes the menu is just a suggestion and the chef can prepare anything) and they all go for it..... except the American woman. She tells the waiter she wants "Just spaghetti"; the Italian asks "Are you sure? Are you ok?"; she says "Yes, I just want some comfort food". When their food arrives, she is served, plain WHITE SPAGHETTI (o sea con nada de nada de salsa!) and she's like "ummm what is this? I ordered spaghetti?!"; the Italian tells her "Yes, there it is Pasta Bianca"; she says "No no no, I meant Spaghetti with Hamburger like in the U.S." and finally he says "Ohhh Nooo. Here pasta bianca is plain. What you wanted is Spaghetti al Ragu. That is why I asked if you were ok because when someone orders pasta bianca it means they are having stomach issues!"
LMAOOOOO! 1st of all, me mori de la carcajada when she said pasta with hamburger! wtf!? quien puta dice eso? 2nd of all, the teacher asked has this happened to anyone? and I was like YES! ME! (lmfao!)
When I was already here for a month, my friends and I went out to lunch and I ordered Pasta Bianca which was on the menu, thinking it was Spaghetti with White sauce! To my surprise it was just plain ol' pasta! LOL ni modo, mal entendi.
Segun mis amigas Italianas, when someone orders Pasta Bianca it is because 1. They are having tummy issues or 2. They are on a diet.
ON A DIET?! WTF!? Last thing I want to eat on a diet is pasta! but I guess that's how Italians do it ;)