Zvia, American

How long have you lived in Italy?
Long enough to never order a cappuccino after breakfast. (Three years.)

One word to sum up the dating experience in Rome?

Can you describe the worst date you’ve ever had here?
A guy took me “out” to a friend’s house to play Trivial Pursuit, Italian Edition, with all of his friends.

And the best date so far?
Having met a guy for drinks and then taking a long walk around the city late at night.


Do Italians go Dutch or does a gentleman pay for a girl’s meal here?
In the beginning, the guy generally pays for the girl. After a few dates I’d say splitting the bill is common.

What is the pick-up line you hear most often in Rome?
“Americana? I need English lessons, can we meet for conversation?”

Are the Italians more passionate than Anglosaxons or is this just the stereotype?
I think it’s just a stereotype. Italian men assume girls will coddle them and treat them like kings, you know, like their moms treat them. Doesn’t breed a very passionate man…

Is the dating culture easier than back home or harder?
I think it’s easier back in the USA, because it’s easier to meet people there. In Rome, it’s not often you go out and meet people you don’t know. One wouldn’t strike up a conversation with a new person, whereas in America, people are very friendly and more open to meeting new people and not always sticking to their set groups of friends. Meeting new people, on a regular basis makes dating and going on dates easier.

Your favourite bar/discoteca to flirt in Rome?
Angelo Mai – not only is there a dancing room, but there is an outdoor area where it’s very easy to meet people while you’re getting a drink or smoking a cigarette.

Your favourite restaurant for a dinner date?
Da Enzo in Trastevere – the food is spectacular and the place is very cosy!


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