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There really is no need to explain how important food is in Italy. Italians don't go for a quick drink, they go for a quick pizza.
Friendships, relationships, dates, celebrations, business... it all happens around the table. Italians say that everything has a better outcome a stomaco pieno, on a full stomach.

Tasty or not

(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, R = plain rude, Lit. = Literally)


Ho una fame da lupi (*) I'm hungry like the wolf.

Mi mangerei un cavallo (*) I could eat a horse.

L'appetito viene mangiando Appetite comes with eating.

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La spaghettata di mezzanotte Midnight spaghetti (aglio olio e peperoncino), the equivalent of a Friday night curry. The natural follow-up to a few drinks.

Uno spuntino A snack. That's the usual meaning but in Sardinia uno spuntino is a whole-day eating session in the woods usually involving an entire cooked sheep, mountains of vegetables, cheese with worms (I promise there's no tastier cheese) and rivers of wine.

Un pranzetto con i fiocchi - Una cenetta con i fiocchi Lit. A meal with bows. A very tasty meal, with all the trimmings.

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Tasty or not

Da leccarsi le dita (*) Finger-licking food.

Da leccarsi i baffi (*) Moustache-licking food.

Gnam gnam! (**) Yummy, yummy!

Fa venire l'acquolina in bocca Makes your mouth water.

Leccornie Delicacies.

Fa schifo (*) Disgusting.

Fa vomitare (**) Makes you vomit.

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Mangione/a (*) Someone who eats a lot, usually used as a positive. A foodie.

È una forchetta buona (*) Lit. She/he is a good fork. Someone who eats a lot, usually used as a positive. A foodie.

Senza fondo (**) Lit. With no bottom. A big eater.

Goloso/a Gluttonous. A foodie.

Golosone/a (*) Affectionate alternative for goloso. A foodie.

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Argument Class Drinking Family
Food Friends Going out Health
Interjections Money Moods Music
Play up/Play down Politics Professions Pulling

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