Mogliano are yet to pick up a point in eight Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures this season and last and, while he insists complacency won't be an issue, Hooper is keen for the 2008 tournament winners to thrive on their heavy favourites tag in Round 3.
"When you're in a strong position, you're always going to play games where you're favourites," said Hooper, whose side are two from two in Europe this term.
"That's a test of people's character. Can we be ruthless when we know we're expected to win this game? That's what we're looking for. First and foremost, we'll be looking to put in a good performance - it should be a good measure of our squad."
Bath began their latest continental campaign with a deserved 15-6 win at Bordeaux-Begles, before backing that strong start up with a 26-10 success at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.
Those results put the 1998 Heineken Cup Champions out in front in the pool until the Dragons beat Bordeaux 40-24 on Friday night and Hooper is pleased with the way things are shaping up in a tournament he is desperate to still be involved in at the business end of proceedings.
"We aimed to be in control of the group when we went onto these games and we've done that. We've used our squad through those two games as well and that's a tale of how good our squad is," added Hooper.
"The win in Bordeaux was outstanding. They've done really well there in the French league and the guys who went out to Bordeaux really, really put their hands up. It sets us up nicely for these two games against the Italians.
"If I look back on when I was younger, just to play European rugby was awesome. You speak to the guys who went to Bordeaux and they'll say the same: there were 20,000 crazy Frenchmen there and it was another experience, another thing to tick off on your CV and say, 'I've played in that environment and come up with the goods'.
"There's a massive incentive for us: the Amlin is such a great competition now because, if you can manage to get through your pool, it's basically the Heineken Cup. You'd have some incredible teams in it. You just look at the ties that were played last year, we had a home game with Stade Francais and then they played Leinster in the final. It's the European giants."