"If you try to put ketchup on pasta, you will not eat for one year in my house," he once warned her.
There are certain unwritten rules in every culture that one shouldn't try to challenge much. Like many cultures, Italians have several "unspoken rules" that, if broken, will almost certainly disqualify you from ever eating pasta again.
One rebellious American woman named Sarah Mollica decided to take a chance and play pranks on her Italian husband, Carlo Longo, by breaking not one, but twelve cardinal Italian rules. She filmed the pranks and uploaded them on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, where her antics have gone viral.
Mollica broke several rules, including telling her husband she had plans during the Euro 2020 final and breaking spaghetti in half before boiling it in a pot. She's even gone so far as to ask for pineapple on her pizza. Longo becomes so horrified by her antics that he appears to almost contemplate ending their marriage after each of her pranks.
For instance, when she asked him what he would do if she put ketchup on her pasta, he was left completely speechless. He states in the video: "If you try to put ketchup on pasta, you will not eat for one year in my house."
In other videos, he jokes about calling the cops on Mollica if she commits any of the 12 sins of Italianness. For example, when the young woman claims in one video that she intends to add hot dogs to carbonara pasta, Longo—who was engaged to Mollica at the time—warns her that he will call the cops if she does so. He chides, "Che che che che," because he is at a loss for words. Nonetheless, he maintains his position, stating that the marriage will not take place while the couple is in Italy.
The couple's videos have amassed a devoted fan base online, with some of their videos receiving over a million views on Instagram and TikTok. Mollica and Longo got married in 2021 and shared a cute black and white photo from their beautiful ceremony in Italy. Hundreds of internet users are clearly rooting for this amusing couple. Mollica's pranks can be found on her Instagram page.
Their fans have much to comment on Longo's reaction. "I love how Carlo is always outraged at everything but still a good sport about it. Protect him at all costs," commented MILLENNIUM EYE.
"The way he always says 'my love' it's like he's reminding himself that 'I love this person even though she's getting into my nerves,'" wrote seven with you. "I was practically raised by an Italian chef growing up so Carlo’s reactions about food are quite valid to me," added BetterThanEmril.