Working in Famiglia Italian American restaurants in Greenville, NC, we’re passionate about making family dinners a priority. We’re Winterville, NC’s first Italian-American restaurant and full service bar dedicated to sharing our favorite Italian dishes from our family to yours. Our misssion is to bring more families around the table at our restaurant or your home for a quality, wholesome meal and conversation. Still not convinced. Here are 3 reasons family dinner is important.

1. Builds Stronger Relationships

First and foremost, we’re passionate about family meals because it helps build strong relationships. As the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports, a CASAColumbia study fount that,

“found that teens who had frequent family dinners (5 to 7 per week) were more likely to report having high-quality relationships with their parents. Compared to teens who had infrequent family dinners (2 or fewer per week), teens who had frequent family dinners were almost 1.5 times likelier to have said they had an excellent relationship with their mother and 1.5 times likelier to have said they had an excellent relationship with their father.”

Healthy relationships like this are built around the dining room table, at home or in restaurants in Greenville, NC. The first step is making sure they’re scheduled.

2. Creates Healthy Eating Habits

Eating with your family is a great way to promote good eating habits. As Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology states in their Parenting in Context,

“Your child may be 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods and 12% less likely to be overweight”

Taking the time to have a family meal will help you have better relationships and promote a healthier, brighter future.

3. Provides a Great Way to Try New Foods

By exposing some of your pickier family members different food prepared in different ways, you can expand what foods they can eat. In a 2003 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children were offered sweet red pepper and then rated how much they enjoyed it. Then, every day for eight days, they were asked to eat as much of the pepper as they wanted. By the end of this experiment, the children rated the pepper a lot more highly and were eating it more. At Famiglia Italian American Restuarant, we have a variety of healthy and family friendly meals to share.

Famiglia, which is Italian for family, was founded by Andrew Harris, John Furci, and our outstanding business partners. At these restaurants, we strive to bring families back around the dinner table in Greenville, NC. We’re dedicated to bring the legacy of home cooked Italian meals and love of new American traditions together at the dinner table. Every meal you eat at our restuarants comes from not only our Northern and Southern Italian heritage but from our breadth of experiences— from Long Island, NY all the way to Greenville, NC.

Have your family dinner with us! Contact us today to learn more.