Italian Word of the Day: Ricetta (recipe / prescription)

Ricetta is the word Italians use for both recipe, as in a list of instructions for preparing a dish, and prescription, as in the instructions written by a doctor so that a patient may receive a medicine or treatment. Curiously, in the 16th century, the word recipe in late Middle English used to refer to …

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Italian Word of the Day: Pasticcio (mess / pie)

The Italian word pasticcio is best translated as mess or muddle in English, and as you have probably guessed, it is used to describe a situation or piece of work that is chaotic, disorganised or poorly executed. It is a masculine noun, so it takes the following definite and indefinite articles: Although the origin of …

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Italian Word of the Day: Caramella (piece of candy)

Italian word for candy

Both the English caramel and the Italian caramella derive from the Spanish caramelo, which in turn can be traced back to the Latin calamellus, the diminutive of calamus (sugarcane). Caramel and caramella can be considered false friends, however, in that the Italian word refers to any piece of candy or sweet made of sugar, whereas …

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Italian Word of the Day: Merenda (afternoon snack)

In Italy, in addition to the three main meals – colazione (breakfast), pranzo (lunch) and cena (dinner) – there is a fourth that occurs between lunch and dinner called merenda. Like most words in Italian, merenda derives from the late Latin merere (to deserve), and literally means “things you have to deserve”. /me·rèn·da/ Merenda is …

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Italian Phrase: Mi piace la pasta! (I like pasta!)

Today we have a phrase that was requested by one of our pasta-loving readers! Mi piace la pasta! I like pasta! If you want to say “I like [X]” in Italian, you need to memorise the expression “mi piace [X]“. Before we take a closer look at this phrase, it is important to point out …

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Italian Phrase: Amo la cucina italiana! (I love Italian food!)

A survey carried out by YouGov in 2019 discovered that over 80 percent of people in the world count Italian food among their favourites, followed by Chinese and Japanese. Indeed, I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t rank pizza and pasta highly on their list of go-to foods! If you are wondering how …

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