Fun fact: although my author name on this website is Eric Ital, that’s actually not my real name. Now please excuse me while I Keyser Soze two-step my way outta here and into the unknown.
Why? Well, I’m not really sure, to be honest. Before I started working here, I wrote for a much smaller website and I still had people sending me angry emails and DMs, so I figured when I started new at BroBible, I’d go by a pseudo-alias in an effort to maintain some level of privacy. To be fair, it’s not as though I’ve assigned myself a codename like 007, I simply chopped my name in half, replacing my last name with my nickname: my real name is Eric Italiano and my friends call me Ital (eye-tal). So, there you have it, Eric Ital.
Now, the reason I let you in on this little internet secret of mine is that I’m merely safeguarding against anyone who tries to cancel me for speaking on Italian culture by making it as clear as possible that not only am I Italian, but my last name translates to Italian in Italian. I grew up in Tony Soprano’s neighborhood (not literally, but figuratively). Sunday Dinner begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. . Sauce (not gravy, SAUCE) is the foundation of most meals, regardless of the day of the week. My Grandfather is either wearing the finest suit you’ve ever seen or the slobbiest sweatpants, there is no in-between. Either way, you can be damn sure all of his rings are one.
So, trust me when I tell you that this Italians at Hogwarts sketch from @figgythekid (do you @ people on TikTok? Who the hell knows?) is, and always will be, the pinnacle of the platform. Just pack it up and go home. Prosciutto!