Macaroni and ketchup
I grew up thinking that macaroni and ketchup was good Italian food. My mother had many wonderful qualities, but cooking wasn't one of them :)
Imagine my surprise when I had REAL Italian food. When you think macaroni and ketchup is a treat, you're pretty much pleased with all pasta dishes.
I must say, though, that nothing compares to the Italian food I had in Italy. EVERY meal was superb, from the tomatoes in the salad to the wine with the meal. I can't wait to go back.