In the race between the Italian passport people and the American Consulate in Rome, in a surprising twist, Italia won! The Consulate said it would be 3 weeks but it's turning out to be six. The Italians said 3 weeks, and this morning, exactly three weeks after the request, I have her passport.
Now we can FINALLY look for tickets to the States in August. Send us good vibes for a decent price and not too much travel time.