Apparently, I am not yet an Italian citizen. The citizenship request is pending a document about my grandfather. Once she locates and submits this document, I will be granted citizenship.
She seemed more concerned about the embassy position. She is concerned that the President is starting to make appointments and that I will miss out. I will send her my C.V., but I would much prefer to go as an Italian, where I have the freedom to find well paying employment, than as a Panamanian, where my options are very restricted and the pay capped.
I impressed on her the importance of taking care of the Italian thing, so hopefully that will be resolved soon. I was looking at the Employee Authorization process for non-EEA nationals, and it looks complicated. I'd like to avoid that hassle, if possible.