Italian Terms and phrases found
in Mario Puzoís The Fortunate Pilgrim

Compiled by Regina Miller and Marco Agnolucci

                                                    Spring Semester 1999

anisette liqueur made from anise

aiuta mi (f.) help me

aiuto, aiuto (103) help, help me

aiuto (m.) help,assistance, aid

animale (m.) animal

bastanza enough

bestia (f.) beast, animal

bravo (m.) good boy

brava (f.) good girl

buona fortuna  good luck

buona sera (73) good night, good evening

buono giovanetto good boy

butzo (buzzo) stomach, belly, paunch

cara (f.) dear, as in Cara Lucia Santa

che bella insalata What a beautiful salad.

comare Godmother

compare Godfather

cue mascalzonea  Big scoundrel

delicato (65) delicate, considerate, thoughtful gesture

disgrazia (f.) misfortune, ill-luck, bad luck

eh oh dear, alas, ah

faccia brutta ugly person

fagioli string beans

figlio de puttana (m.) son of a bitch, son of a whore

figlio disgraziato (m.) unlucky boy, wretched son

figlio mio  (71) son of mine, child of mine

Gesu, Gesu (102)  Jesus, Good Heavens

giovanetto (m.) youth

gnole  like a French bigne (pastry)

grazia  grace

managgia America damn America

mannaggia Jesu Crist (103) Damn Jesus Christ

marrone, marrone  scoundrel

mascalzone (f.) scoundrel, rascal, rouge

mi dispiace Iím sorry

miserabile miserable, wretched

padrone (m.) master, boss; proprietor, owner

paesano village; country; (m.) villager

panettiere (m.) baker

panetteria (f.) bakery, bakehouse

pasta (f.) dough, paste; spaghetti, macaroni

prosciutto ham

ragazzi  kids, children

romanze romances

scarola (f.) endive, prickly lettuce

seven-and-a-half  an Italian card game

sfachim (71) go to hell

soffiati puff pastry

si yes

si signora Yes, míam

subito immediately  at once, right away

tarelle round, knotted cookies

va, va giovanetto (71) go, go boy