What country is your roommate from? She may have been reading some old fiction that romaticises Italians.
I spent a month in Italy not too long ago, and I must say that all the men I met were either physically repugnant, or massive arrogant fucks. Or, most commonly both.
In all cases, they were possessed that they were some kind of god made only for women.
It gets really, really annoying, especially when they smell bad and keep jumping into your personal space. :(