IL DIZIONARIOTHE DICTIONARY
The Italian language is essential to understanding Italian culture, so I will use Italian words and expressions frequently.
For ready reference, this dizionario contains the Italian words and phrases used on STARVING FOR ITALY.
These are short and informal definitions. I recommend the Collins Dictionary for fuller explanations.
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Cin-Cin (pronounced “chin-chin”) is an informal toast used by Italians, especially with aperitivi. Posts in the Cin-Cin category focus on food and drink.
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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.
To fare brutta figura means to engage in ugly or undesirable behavior. You can also say someone is a figuraccia. This contrasts with bella figura. See the post La Bella Figura for further discussion.
To be fesso means to be a stickler for the rules, in contrast with being furbo. See the post Becoming A. S. Furbetta for further discussion.
FURBO, FARE FURBO
To be furbo means to be clever enough to skirt the rules and get away with it. The post Becoming A. S. Furbetta describes how being furbo forms part of the Italian culture.
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!”)
The name day of a saint. Celebrated in Italy as a “second birthday” on the Saint Day of the saint you were named after. See the post TRACKING DOWN SAN LORENZO for further discussion.
NON VEDO L’ORA!
I can’t wait, emphatically. As in, I’m dying for…
Non vediamo l’ora di rivedervi! = We can’t wait to see you again!
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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