Lupita Nyong’o Doing a Happy Dance After Eating Pasta in Italy Is Honestly All of Us

published Aug 19, 2022
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Celebrities — they’re just like us! Lupita Nyong’o recently posted a food diary highlighting everything she ate on a trip to Sicily that proves that and, honestly, I’ve never related to her more. And apparently others feel the same because at the time of writing this story, her Instagram Reel already has more than a million views after just 15 hours. 

In the opening shot, we see the Black Panther actress twirling some spaghetti carbonara on a fork. She takes a bite, closing her eyes to savor it. Next, Nyong’o takes a bite out of a granita sandwich (like shaved ice in a brioche bun) while looking incredibly chic in a blue and white sundress, big sunglasses, and a woven hat. She also enjoyed other sweets like almond brittle and tiny gelato cones.

But of course a trip to Italy wouldn’t have been complete without a charcuterie spread and some wine — which Nyong’o also enjoyed — along with other Italian staples like risotto and chicken Milanese. Pasta made a second appearance in her food diary, this time with a red sauce. She takes a big bite, then does a little dance, making her a woman after my own heart because I, too, am all-too-familiar with the happy food dance.

The food-focused Reel wraps up with the Oscar-winning actress sipping a beachside cocktail and eating some fruit, a “salad extravaganza,” homemade sausage, and (of course) even more pasta — all in a fabulous, flowy dress. “I’m getting hungry watching this all over again 🇮🇹 #italianfood,” Nyong’o captioned the post.

If watching this Reel made you crave Italian food, check out our recipes for shrimp fra diavolo, Sicilian ice cream sandwiches, and Sunday sauce. Sure, it’s not the same as actually being in Sicily, but maybe it’ll convince you to finally book that trip and have the foodie adventure of your dreams.