From aria to zucchini, Italian words add beauty and flavor to everyday English. Celebrate Italian American Heritage and Culture Month with these words with Italian roots, and then take a gondola ride to the next page for answers.
1. fiasco (fee-'a-skoh) n.—a: rowdy celebration. B: complete failure. C: big fire.
2. al dente (all-'den-tay) adj.—
A: seasoned with salt. B: eaten outdoors. C: cooked until firm.
3. incognito (in-kog-'nee-toh) adv.—a: well traveled. B: excessively complex. C: with a concealed identity.
4. vendetta (ven-'deh-tuh) n.—
A: layered cake. B: blood feud. C: sales booth.
5. patina (puh-'tee-nuh) n.—
A: high priest. B: lawn bowling. C: sheen produced by age.
6. dilettante ('dih-luh-tahnt) n.—
A: coffee cup. B: dabbler.
C: secret note.
7. belvedere ('bel-vuh-deer) n.—
A: head butler. B: set of chimes. C: structure with a view.
8. cameo ('ka-mee-oh) n.—
A: small role. B: almond cookie. C: sofa bed. 9. sotto voce ('sah-toh 'voh-chee) adv.—a: under one’s breath. B: drunkenly. C: in the open.
10. bravura (bruh-'vyur-ah) n.—
A: encore. B: battle cry. C: display of brilliance.
11. amoretto (a-muh-'reh-toh) n.—
A: hazelnut flavoring. B: cherub. C: waistcoat.
12. forte ('for-tay) adj.—
A: loud. B: masculine. C: built on a hill.
13. bruschetta (broo-'sheh-tuh) n.—a: grilled bread appetizer. B: thumbnail sketch.
C: short story.
14. campanile (kam-puh-'nee-lee) n.—a: bell tower. B: army troop. C: best friend.
15. brio ('bree-oh) n.—a: cold spell.
B: donkey. C: gusto.
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