I'm..... Italian. I'd better like it. Problem 1. I'm allergic to dairy products, so Northern Italian food is pretty much out. But, Southern Peasant Food works well, as long as I make it myself and don't use Dairy products.
I was literally weaned on all manner of Southern Italian peasant food, from pastina, with butter, egg and Parmesan, to classic Red Gravy, to Ciambotta, to ravioli (My Kingdom for a good tofu ravioli!) to manacotti (pronounced "Man-ah-GOUT" ; ; ) to... everything southern, heavy and olive oily.
When I was a kid I hated Polenta night. It meant we were low on food, and I hated that pan, crusty on the edges, too eggy, with Red Gravy all over it. To this day I cannot eat Polenta, even though it's "rich people's food" now. It was, next to bread and oil, the ultimate "poor dago's dish" when I grew up.
However, I could eat bread and oil all day long. My great grandmother would not touch bread and olive oil. "Never again-a. Too poor-a. I hate-a bread an a olio." It reminded her of when that was all they had to eat in Italy.