Yeah, my Stepfather was Italian – his parents came from the Marches. He drove us Micks nuts with this.
Wow, my grandparents came came from Le Marches ("the borderlands"), too, on the Adriatic across from Florence/Rome. They were from Ancona, Falconara, Pesaro, Fano. This is a pretty and pretty undiscovered part of Italy! I never hear of many people from this area in US!
Foodwise, they loved their seafood, fresh vegetables, and polenta!
(PS: My mom was Italian, my dad Irish. They say that make a great combo in kids!)
We’re all Irish – my Mom re-married an Italian after my Dad died. My Grandpa Murphy always referred to my Stepfather as "The Dago", and my Aunt’s Ukranian husband as "The Polak".