IL DIZIONARIOTHE DICTIONARY
Since the Italian language is essential to understanding Italian culture, I will use – and explain – Italian words frequently.
For ready reference, this dizionario contains all Italian words and phrases used on STARVING FOR ITALY.
These are short and informal definitions. I recommend the Collins Dictionary for fuller explanations.
The CATEGORIES in STARVING FOR ITALY
ITALIAN WORDS AND PHRASES in STARVING FOR ITALY
ALLA PROSSIMA VOLTA
Until next time, often used as a salutation when leaving.
Aperitifs, or the drinks before a meal.
To fare bella figura means to present oneself well – in appearance, in manners, in performance. You can also say someone is a figurone. This contrasts with brutta figura. See the post La Bella Figura for further discussion.
FURBO, FARE FURBO
The loggione is the upper gallery, the highest seating in an opera house or theater. Those who occupy these seats are the loggionisti. See the post La Scala for the First Time for the story of the loggione of La Scala.
I recommend it, emphatically. As in, I REALLY MEAN IT! (Depending on context, can also mean “Behave!” “Follow the rules!” “I’m warning you!”)
NON VEDO L’ORA!
I can’t wait, emphatically. As in, I’m dying for…
PALCO, PALCHI (pl.)
The palchi are the boxes, usually separated, usually plush, in an opera house or theater. The box-holder or occupant of a palco is called a palchettista. See the post La Scala for the First Time for the history of the palchi of La Scala.
A porch or covered walk, with a roof supported by columns, often at the entrance or across the front of a building; colonnade.
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