You know, they like Grappa in Italy as well!
Again, I tend to hate grappa... and I am Italian!
Not the food either: after some of the Italian food that I like (pasta, lasagne, risotto with mushrooms/pumpkins/cheese, melanzane alla parmigiana, ecc. ecc.) I think that a heavily sherried malt goes just great.
To give you an idea, in my cupboard now I have:
Talisker 20 sherry (1981)
Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength
Balvenie 12 Double Wood
Convalmore 29yo 1977
Aberlour 1995 Port Finish Wilson & Morgan
Longmorn 1990 Rum Finish Wilson & Morgan
Ardbeg 26yo 1974 Silver Seal
Linkwood 12 Flora & Fauna
plus several unopened bottles in the same league...
No "typical Italian malts", as you can see!