Let’s celebrate
the extraordinary Italian taste

Discover the Casa Artusi selection of words that have conquered the world, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World 2023.


In Italy, food is not only prepared and eaten, but shared, toasted and celebrated. After all, Italian cuisine is the most vivid image of the Italian spirit abroad, one of the primary areas in which the world looks towards the country with admiration.

From Italy to the World

Thanks to Italian dialects, food words have become part of our global language transcending national borders. From risotto, pappardelle to bruschetta, tiramisu and more, words Italians feel at home all over the world. Buon appetito!


Italy has a unique gastronomic biodiversity with the largest number of agri-food products bearing a designation of both origin and geography. From dish to dictionary, some words sound Italian without originating from Italy to evoke a whole imaginary: a phenomenon called Italian-sounding.


Pasta is the queen of the table, with varieties like maccheroni, ravioli and gnocchi. The journey of pasta names has its origins in ancient times. The star of the show, spaghetti, was first used in 1817. Paired with cheese and sauce, the key is to serve it just right… al dente.


As the most eaten food in the world, pizza is among the best street foods out here! The famous margherita embodies the encounter of pizza and tomato, mozzarella and basil, the colors of the Italian flag.


Some of the most widespread Italianisms in the world are those that describe various preparations made using coffee. Did you know this precious beverage that spreads a joyful excitement throughout the entire body was called the beverage of intellectuals?