If she criticizes you, he may not stand up for you as definitively as you want since he doesn’t want to go against his mother.
On the other hand, even if you and his mom get along famously, you should be prepared for feeling like she is overstepping her boundaries.
It can be flattering and comforting to know he would never let anything happen to you while he’s around. He may not like if you smile at another guy and he may get into a fight to “defend your honor.” If you are very independent or like to flirt harmlessly, it can feel constricting and tiresome to date a guy who has one eye on you and the other on the look out for perceived threats.
Even though her behavior is out of deep love for him, she may try to control what he wears or how he acts and what he spends money on.
You may feel frustrated and that you are dating him and his mother, especially if you feel like he goes to her for advice when you want him to come to you when he’s struggling with something.
Italian men often have “traditional” views of men and women’s roles.
In this sense, Italian men are often quick to decide other men are a threat and will react accordingly. Your Italian man will never make you feel like he would be okay if he lost you to another man.
Italian men are also known for their amazing sense of humor, so be prepared to be in pain from laughing at how amazingly he can entertain a group of people.