1. fiasco—[b] complete failure. Though its premiere was a fiasco, the Broadway musical became the smash of the season.
2. al dente—[c] cooked until firm. I like my noodles al dente, but these are practically raw!
3. incognito—[c] with a concealed identity. The spy traveled incognito, using an assumed name.
4. vendetta—[b] blood feud. Romeo and Juliet’s love affair was doomed by their families’ vendetta.
5. patina—[c] sheen produced by age. “You can tell this writing desk is an antique by its beautiful patina,” Marco explained.
6. dilettante—[b] dabbler. The maestro seeks a professional singer, not some weekend dilettante.
7. belvedere— [C] structure with a view. From the domed belvedere, we could watch Mount Etna erupting.
8. cameo—[a] small role. Francesca blew her audition for the lead, but she has a cameo as a taxi driver.
9. sotto voce—[a] under one’s breath. “I always speak sotto voce,” whispered Sophia, “to make sure people are listening.”
10. bravura—[c] display of brilliance. The defense lawyer delivered the closing argument with bravura.
11. amoretto—[b] cherub. Why don’t you paint a little amoretto above the kissing couple?
12. forte—[a] loud. In my opinion, a trombone serenade is too forte to be romantic.
13. bruschetta—[a] grilled bread appetizer. You can’t order the bruschetta and the garlic knots; you’re supposed to be watching your carbs!
14. campanile—[a] bell tower.
The village’s picturesque campanile has been standing since medieval times.
15. brio—[c] gusto. After just one sip of Chianti, I feel my brio returning.