Italian Language Lesson 8: Food Idioms in Everyday Language

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 04:59

We all love good Italian food, and it can be interesting to find out about Italian idioms which use food and drink to express a variety of meanings, such as:

È buono come il pane - He’s a good person

Avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca - To have your cake and eat it

Botte piccola fa vino buono - Literally - a small cask makes good wine - but equivalent to the English ‘Good things come in small packages’

Ridi che la mamma ha fatto gli gnocchi - Ironic expression which means keep on laughing (even if you think there’s nothing funny to laugh at).

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*) Amazing food
*) Stunning landscape
*) Romantic language
*) Friendly people
*) Beautiful art and architecture
*) How to Talk about the Weather in Italian

Alesha Keene is an Oxford graduate of Italian who is now back in London after years spent living and working in Rome as a language teacher and PR consultant. Alesha is CEO and Italian teacher at Alesha’s Italian Masterclass, which runs Italian immersion courses at authentic Italian restaurant Napule e' in Purley and Italian cafe’ AltaMarea in Borough Market as well as private lessons . You can contact her at or through Facebook or Twitter. Her website it