Italians are only those people born in Italy.
Italy is an western European country part of the EU.
Italy is one of the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Italy is one of the 8 most powerful countries in the world and is part of the G8. Descendants of 19th century Italian emigrants to the USA cannot be consider Italians by culture/education/up-bringing/value, most of them cannot speak the Italian language (they generally speak a mix between a early 19th century southern Italian dialects and American English which would be incompressible to an Italian native). Italian currency is EURO (1 EURO = 1.5 US Dollar)
Every time I speak Italians American in New York I'll have to ask for them to repeat what they are saying in English as their Italian is incomprehensible to me.