Italian Family Dinners In a Pinch

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In many ways, food is the connective tissue that ties us to our families and cultures.  I’m half Italian and although I never had the chance to meet my father’s mother – the many strong, smart and loving women in my husband’s family have taught me so much about the intrinsic connection between food, family, and love. In the Marino family, meals are a huge deal (huge!), and mouth-watering passed-down recipes are concocted in settings that bring everyone together.

Bertolli recently spoke with Italians and American and uncovered interesting ways in which eating habits differs.  Did you know that Italians cite lunch as the largest meal of the day, while Americans prominently state dinner as the most substantial?  Additionally, eighty-four percent of Italians eat at the table with family, and 70 percent of Italians eat family-style – compared to 31 percent of Americans who eat family style.

These results are from an online survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Bertolli of over 2,000 nationally representative individuals in the United States and Italy. The U.S. survey with 1,074 completes was conducted between July 28-29, 2016. The Italy survey of 1,013 individuals was conducted from July 29 – August 4, 2016. The margin of error in each country is +/-3.1%.

I’m sure that most busy parents can relate to particular circumstances of needing to figure out family dinners quickly with little time for preparation.  We recently discovered Bertolli’s reformulated line of Italian frozen skillet meals – crafted from authentic recipes and ingredients – just like those made in an Italian kitchen.  “Mom, this is so yummy!” my kids declared when I whipped up Bertolli’s Chicken Florentine & Farfalle, minutes after arriving home from a busy day of meetings.  The whole family was happy (the super Italian husband included), and I appreciate how straightforward and easy it was to present a quick and delicious dinner for my loved ones to “Mangia” together.


Each restaurant-quality Bertolli frozen meal is flash frozen to preserve the dish’s complex flavors and textures – bringing an authentic Italian experience to our dinner table.  Their Chicken Marsala & Roasted Redskin Potatoes was also a bit hit – and the transparent side of the reformulated meals with new packaging allows my kiddos to look inside the bag to help decide what’s for dinner.


As a busy mom, I’m relieved to have fast and family-pleasing options in my arsenal. And simply setting a lovely and inviting table while eating as a family brings the important element of togetherness that our own Italian families have taught us.

Explore more ways to Mangia here.