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Italian Quotes by Jay Parini, Benito Mussolini, Paolo Gentiloni, Jennifer Donnelly, Mark Teixeira, Alicia Keys and many others.

My own grandparents came to the United States as immigrants in 1912, and they lived for some years in Italian ghettos in New York. Most immigrant groups start in ghettos somewhere, and many of them never get out.
Jay Parini
Fortunately the Italian people has not yet accustomed itself to eat many times a day, and possessing a modest level of living, it feels deficiency and suffering less.
Benito Mussolini
If necessary, Italy is prepared to fight against Islamic State in Libya because the Italian government cannot accept a terrorist danger in power just a few hours away from Italy by boat.
Paolo Gentiloni
She’s got a big belt around her hips. It has a shiny buckle with PRADA on it, which is Italian for insecure.
Jennifer Donnelly
I’m half-Italian and my name is Portuguese. Michael Young is half-Mexican. There are players from the United States that have heritage elsewhere and it’s a great thing to have a world cup to celebrate the whole world. It shows the world that baseball is important and how great the game is.
Mark Teixeira
I love my heritage! I have my mother, who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
Alicia Keys
I am very proud to be Italian.
Madonna Ciccone
I was lucky enough to play for the top three Italian clubs during the golden era of Italian football, so I have no regrets.
Andrea Pirlo
I’m really bad at pronunciation in Italian.
Fab Moretti
‘Big Night’ is the best food movie ever made. It’s such a celebration of food, and the Italian tradition of celebrating people. Plus, everything looked delicious!
Julia Stiles
Being Italian, I have a very special relationship with the culinary arts. One my projects was to share Italian cultural food with my colleagues.
Luca Parmitano
I drink a lot. More or less 10 or 12 coffees a day, both typical Italian and espresso.
Domenico Dolce
My father is Italian, and I never met my paternal grandparents. The family name was Caroselli and it was changed in the mid 50s. I think they wanted to assimilate, which was pretty common, although I love the name Caroselli.
Steve Carell
The founders were very worried that if parties developed in America, you might have something like the modern Italian system, where you have 20 different parties that divide Congress and the country and can’t govern.
Michael Beschloss
I speak three other languages – Serbian, French, and Italian – but typically read in English.
Stana Katic
CUNNING, n. The faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one. It brings its possessor much mental satisfaction and great material adversity. An Italian proverb says: “The furrier gets the skins of more foxes than asses.”
Ambrose Bierce
I have a lot of nice Italian winter clothes that make me look like a sophisticated Lebanese professor, so my friend Robert and I go around pretending to be experts in Arabic politics. It doesn’t work in the summer though. I don’t have the right clothes.
Alexei Sayle
Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.
Monica Bellucci
I’m not Italian, I am Neapolitan! It’s another thing!
Sophia Loren
India is keen to leverage Italian technology and investment for growth and development.
Ram Nath Kovind
I am certainly Italian in my love of food! I eat everything, but I love Italian food most of all. Even my daughter does. Her favourite food is pasta and parmigiana.
Monica Bellucci
I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like?
Al Pacino
His [Frank Sinatra] voice defined not only a certain period of time, but America and what America meant to the world. Sinatra grew up, as my grandparents did, when being Italian was very, very prejudice against, but they didn’t let it bring them down or use it as an excuse.
Robert Davi
The commonplace about Italian cooking is that it’s very simple; in practice, the simplicity needs to be learned, and the best way to learn it is to go to Italy and see it firsthand.
Bill Buford
I am proud of my Italian heritage, and nothing I have said should be interpreted as an attempt at minimizing its value.
Sergio Marchionne
I really had wanted to learn Italian for a long time. I think ever since – or even maybe even before I had read Dante. And I just sort of had this idea that I wanted to read Dante in Italian. And then in my office, we actually had a class – an Italian class.
Ann Goldstein
Italian women are some of the most beautiful in the world. This is why the Vatican is in Italy. If a man can walk across Italy and retain his celibacy, he’s got what it takes to be a priest – or an interior decorator.
Craig Ferguson
I am always in love with Milan. The relationship with the team, with the club, and with these fans is beautiful. It’s weird for a Brazilian to have a relationship like that with an Italian club.
I am a transporter of the Italian culture – culinary culture, family culture – because I love it, I thrive in it, and I think it’s the right way.
Lidia Bastianich
Immigrants have always come into the country with low levels of education. Whether it’s the Irish or Italian or Polish, here is the land of opportunity. It’s where people come in at the bottom and build themselves up. To try to bring in people who have already made it is un-American.
Lionel Sosa
You see it with Brexit, you see it in Donald Trump’s election, you see it with the fact that neither of the main parties ended up in the final round of the French presidential election, you see it with the Italian referendum being defeated, you see it in a lot of ways – the political revolution.
Steve Hilton
What football means to an Italian coach is tactics, trying to control the game by following the ideas and systems of the manager.
Claudio Ranieri
I like Italian food.
Karolina Pliskova
The sort of man who admires Italian art while despising Italian religion is a tourist and a cad.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
If I can learn a couple of phrases in Italian but do mostly weird, absurd music things, people will like it.
Reggie Watts
I think I want to move forward. I want to move to Brooklyn and find a business Italian guy to take care of me.
Nicole Polizzi
I’m Italian and we curse a lot when we talk.
Lea Michele
I have a good mind not to take Aloysius to Venice. I don’t want him to meet a lot of horrid Italian bears and pick up bad habits.
Evelyn Waugh
Sonia Gandhi and her husband have always been persons I look at with a lot of respect. Of course, one of the reasons we look at India with a lot of sympathy and enthusiasm is Sonia Gandhi. Now she is Indian, not Italian, but she will always represent a myth for Italians.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
I like my country, but I don’t think like an Italian. It’s a complex, complicated difficult country to make things happen in.
Lapo Elkann
Oh sure, its fine when a monkey does it. But when I throw barrels at an Italian plumber, they call it a hate crime!
Stephen Colbert
So, if I ever played Napoleon it would be with an Italian accent. He was an outsider, which also interests me.
David Suchet
I never really knew what fine cuisine was when I was a little boy in Canada. For me, Italian food was ‘Kraft Dinner’ or pizza. When I moved to New York, that’s when I discovered all the Italian food.
Sebastian Bach
What this White House really needs is a chief of staff who can read Machiavelli in the original Italian.
Mack McLarty
Unfortunately, it is part of Italian football and our culture to come to the stadium and whistle players for the choices they make.
Leonardo Bonucci
I had no idea what they were saying in Italian as a child, they spoke too quickly on the radio. But I realized that language was very funny.
Dominic Chianese
I do all the cooking in the family. I cook Italian, mostly, pastas and roasts, and bit by bit, I’m learning how to bake. I think cooking is a gift to other people.
John Lithgow
My father was a trained accountant, a BCom from Sydenham College and a self-taught violinist. In the 1920s, when he was in his teens, he heard a great violinist, Jascha Heifetz, and he was so inspired listening to him that he bought himself a violin, and with a little help from an Italian teacher, he learned to play it.
Zubin Mehta
I’m doing all these interviews with the British press, the Italian press, and others. They all want to talk about this stuff. I don’t have a stance; I don’t have a go-to thing to say about any of this.
Paul Beatty
Ladies like improv stilts, and I think men like improv giant cocks. But one of the great things about improv is that you get to play some roles you’d never get to play otherwise, you know, like the old Italian pizza-maker who’s passing on the business down to his son. You get to play it all when you improvise.
Amy Poehler
True marshmallow – and I’m not talking about those ones from a bag – is nothing more than an Italian meringue set with gelatin.
Claire Saffitz
I’m increasingly convinced that there is an ongoing attempt of ethnic replacement of one people with another people. This is not emergency migration but organised migration that aims at replacing the Italian people with other people, Italian workers with other workers.
Matteo Salvini
I really liked the food in Japan. There is something so organized, neat, and methodical about it. They put a lot of care and quality into their cooking. I also love Mediterranean, New American, and Italian food, because the cuisines borrow influences from all over the world.
Sasha Cohen
I’m Italian.
Brooke Hogan
You get typecast. You have to find a niche in this business. So, the roles that I got cast in were the Latina or the Italian spitfires. The woman with a passion and the woman who didn’t want to listen to anyone, did everything her own way, very self-willed.
Patricia Mauceri
My normal look is so regular that when I’m going out or doing something, I like to be excessive. I’m very Italian – I don’t like to go small.
Bianca Balti
Invest in stupidity, its stocks never go down.
William C. Brown
Italian football remains a very successful product, which has inspired people all over the world.
Thiago Silva
[Dario Argento] would yell at you in Italian, and I’d have no idea what he was saying. I’d just go, “Okay!”. But it was a really great experience [filming Two Evil Eyes ].
Julie Benz
Communism is as Jewish as the Mafia is Italian. It’s a fact that almost all of the convicted spies for communism have been atheist Jews like the Rosenbergs. And international communism was invented by the Jew Karl Marx and has since been led mostly by Jews – like Trotsky.
George Lincoln Rockwell
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.
George Miller
The words “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies
Pauline Kael
Giada De Laurentiis, of ‘Everyday Italian,’ is not a chef, although she has culinary expertise – she was trained at the Cordon Bleu and worked as a private cook for a wealthy Los Angeles family.
Bill Buford
You never know what little idea or joke, what flame flickering really quickly, will become a song. That first idea, it can come any time. If it’s in Spanish, you go on in Spanish. If it’s in French, French. If it’s in English, English. Or Portuguese. I’ll try to do my best. I like Italian, though I don’t speak it much.
Manu Chao
Sex is something I live very well, but it is something I revealed very slowly in my fashion. What I do is emotional. For me, there is a base, which is my Italian roots. It’s a strong passion for fashion, a passion for sensuality and dressing for one’s self.
Riccardo Tisci
The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western
Armand Assante
Italian cameramen grow up immersed in an awareness of light. It is part of their mythology.
Barbara Steele
I love Indian food and Thai food; those are, like, my favorites. I also like Japanese and some Italian.
The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn’t work and you’re going to hit a brick wall at some point.
Rupert Everett
I especially love French, Italian and Japanese cuisines.
Eva Herzigova
Mine is a European imagination, shaped largely by my very promiscuous reading in German, French, English and, with greater difficulty, Italian.
W. G. Sebald
I want a baby from an Italian – possibly Sicilian – donor.
Lady Gaga
I like to collect aprons from different places I go. I first started when I was in Italy because I thought that would be really appropriate. I got a hand-stitched Italian apron from this woman in Sicily who put my name on it, and it said, ‘Sicily, Italy.’ So now I get one from everywhere I go.
Britt Robertson
I grew up in the Lower East Side, an Italian American – more Sicilian, actually.
Martin Scorsese
In the early 16th century the Italian physician Jacopo Berengario da Carpi, a pioneer in the science of anatomy, came up with the idea that perhaps ‘brain commotion’ was caused by the thrust of the soft structure of the brain against the solid case of the skull.
Jeanne Marie Laskas
I am Jewish, Italian, American, Catholic.
Lapo Elkann
I’m much more a European Italian than I am an American Italian, and I’ve always felt that that style of acting comedy is in me. I put comedy as much as I can into all my movies, if I can help it.
Al Pacino
I do enjoy wearing Japanese and Italian clothing. I also enjoy my blue jeans or tennis shorts and running shoes. I like driving a Porsche because it is an elegant machine and it is a very beautiful experience to drive it. It’s magnificently made.
Frederick Lenz
Jim Rosato was recently married, to a Greek nurse. Rosato was half Irish and half Italian, and there was a pool on at the 1st as to which of the two would arrive at work wearing the other’s skin as a hat within the year.
Warren Ellis
I enjoy the honesty of English football, because nobody gives up, and almost all the best players are here. Italian football is at the bottom because of all those scandals. Their league is not very interesting.
Andrey Arshavin
I have a few close friends with whom I can practice speaking Italian, but I mostly maintain fluency through reading.
Amanda Knox
In fact, it is amazing how much European films – Italian, French, German and English – have recovered a certain territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
Wim Wenders
I like Chelsea, Milan and Inter. I have always followed the two Italian teams because my role models when I was young were Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, and they played for those teams.
In Japanese and Italian, the response to [“How are you?”] is “I’m fine, and you?” In German it’s answered with a sigh and a slight pause, followed by “Not so good.
David Sedaris
Italian football is just how I imagined it to be – far more tactical than the Spanish game which is based on technique.
Bojan Krkic
My name is an Italian name because my father is an Italian and my mother is Indian.
Dino Morea
Every Italian wants to play in Serie A.
Marco Verratti
So gradually, and then I had an Italian roadster that I built, it took me five years to build it, it was stolen from me and stripped. I said, well maybe we should have another where we shouldn’t steal from each other.
Barry McGuire
And just when we were at the end of our design process there was the news that the Italian government and the U.S. government had signed an agreement to fly the first Italian astronaut on that flight.
Umberto Guidoni
Suddenly here was this somewhat roly-poly elderly, northern Italian peasant on the chair of Saint Peter and he was accessible – and he made himself accessible, he went to prisons, he went to hospitals, he went to the shrine of Loreto.
George Weigel
Socially, Philadelphia was still a fairly provincial city, its business community governed by the mores of the Main Line. Politically, it was a cauldron of ethnic rivalries, dominated by competing Irish and Italian constituencies.
Andrea Mitchell
Italian wines are my favorites. I like a big, booming red wine that blows your taste buds away.
Rich Eisen
Even at the beginning when I arrived at Givenchy, there were certainly people who supported me, but not everyone loved me. They were saying, “Why an Italian who acts Gothic?” Never mind the fact that Italy is one of the main exhibitors of Gothic art in the world. But it was like, “No, Italians should only do sexy!”
Riccardo Tisci
Always the light fixtures I love are Italian, from the ’50s and ’60s. I’m like, ‘What’s that? I want it!’ And it’s always $40,000 vintage Italian.
Liv Tyler
Since I left Juventus, which remains the strongest team in Italy, I never thought about playing for another Italian club. I’m just not thinking about it.
Sebastian Giovinco
I love the Italian culture – it’s a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes… I just love it! Sometimes I think I’m an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman’s body.
Penelope Cruz
In Italian there is an expression: We don’t sleep on the fame.
Donatella Versace
I’m very violent in the ring. I don’t know if it’s the Italian temper, I can get very nasty in there. But outside, I’m the easiest-going guy in the world.
Bruno Sammartino
I got married on a beach in Italy. It was very romantic getting married in Italian. But I’ve no idea what we agreed to.
Denis Lawson
I was a huge horror fan, especially in my teenage years. Back then, there were a lot of Italian horror movies – some zombie, some just really strange movies that made no sense. I was really into shock and gore.
Chuck Hogan
I was possessed with a wonderful example of my Italian American family. They would come over and join us every Sunday, all my aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces, and I would sing for them.
Tony Bennett
The best novelist of my generation is an Italian living in Paris, still working and improving – Italo Calvino.
Gore Vidal
When I make an American movie it’s going to come out all over the world-it doesn’t happen the same way for an Italian film or a French film.
Monica Bellucci
I’m Italian, but I’m also a little Brazilian: Pirlonho, if you like.
Andrea Pirlo
Last night, two men tried to force my shutters. I recognized them: they are two of Rodin’s Italian models. He told them to kill me. I am in his way; he wants to get rid of me.
Camille Claudel
I’m 100 percent Irish by birth, grew up Italian, and yet I constantly get cast as playing Jewish.
Heather Matarazzo
Not unless I do all these ancient and Italian or French or Baroque in the beginnning, I do German.
Victoria de los Angeles
No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.
Walter Pater
I could kill Vino for all this doping crap. Strangle him slowly with piano wire just like they do in the Italian gangster movies. I bet I could get Aru to buy the wire.
Vincenzo Nibali
I’m Italian and Spanish and Jewish. I’m 100 different things meshed into one. I think that shows girls that uniqueness is beautiful. They can look at me on a magazine cover and see me in a movie and say that they have someone they can relate to.
Lea Michele
He [Paolo Sarpi] was one of the two foremost Italian statesmen since the Middle Ages, the other being Cavour.
Andrew Dickson White
I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night.
Lady Gaga
My father was adopted. He grew up in the Italian household.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
I love the Italian culture, it’s a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes… I just love it! Sometimes, I think I’m an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman’s body.
Penelope Cruz
I like the world, but I feel very, very Italian. I love the small parts of my country: Tuscany, Capri in the winter. I don’t like big towns.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Within two months I made the grand slam: covers of ‘American Vogue’, ‘Italian Vogue’, ‘British Vogue’, and ‘French Vogue’.
Linda Evangelista
I was gearing up for it. I took some singing lessons. And I opened my mouth, and Atom promptly said, ‘That’s not going to happen. We love your voice, but maybe we could use some of your English wit.’ He had doubts about it from way back. For starters, we weren’t going to be doing the Italian-American crooning thing.
Colin Firth
I love cooking. I like to make lasagna – its authentic Italian-style. I also do a great chicken recipe for a barbecue.
Sullivan Stapleton
My ideal night would probably be a dope outfit, people that I love around me. Go to get some dinner, have some amazing food. Maybe sushi or Italian: I love both.
Bebe Rexha
Helpful to me over the years was some of Ernest Hemingway’s writing, for example A Farewell to Arms. You have characters who speak Italian or Spanish to each other. It’s been helpful to me to study and try to emulate that in that way.
Miroslav Penkov
Ancelotti’s teams are more balanced. It’s a more Italian defense and creativity from the midfield forward. I admire his work and also his discreet profile. I am also like that.
I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But maybe the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up on welfare and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn’t pay the rent.
Philip Zimbardo
Poor Englishwomen! When it comes to their clothes- well, the French reaction is a shrug, the Italian reaction a spreading of the hands and a lifting of the eyes and the American reaction simply one of amused contempt.
James Laver
And hey-the psychiatrist in the show is Italian also. So people are going to focus on what they want to focus on. There’s not much you can do about that.
Edie Falco
I’m a typical mutt American. I have an Italian last name. Half-Mexican, half-Jewish.
Eric Garcetti
Cajuns eat Italian on Sundays.
James Carville
I see the face of a child. He lives in a great city. He is black. Or he is white. He is Mexican, Italian, Polish. None of that matters. What matters, he’s an American child.
Richard M. Nixon
Could be that I have some steak after a match to get some protein. But usually it goes Thai, Japanese or Italian, mostly.
Casper Ruud
It doesn’t really matter what ethnicity you are, but I love that I’m bringing light to not only my Mexican side but also my Italian side.
Eva Marie
There’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to learn Italian. I want to learn to play tennis better. I want to motivate the world, basically.
Magnus Scheving
I tried to become a family man. I got married, but it didn’t work out. After 22 months we got an annulment. Then I married an Italian girl, which resulted in an immediate annulment. I had two annulments by the time I was 23.
Dominic Chianese
Italians have always had a high savings rate. They love putting their money into their own government bonds – even more than in houses, stocks and gold. The higher rates climb, the happier they are to invest. So if austerity plans drive rates up, it’s music to Italian ears.
Kenneth Fisher
From 1940 to the present, the art world and particularly Los Angeles, has undergone a transformation not unlike the Italian Renaissance.
Jeffrey Deitch
The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer’s time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth.
George Saintsbury
Leaves are the Greek, flowers the Italian, phase of the spirit of beauty that reveals itself through the flora of the globe.
Thomas Starr King
Sometimes at my performances, I see Peruvian flags in the audience. I’ve never seen, when an Italian sings, people with Italian flags. But with Peru, it’s different: because there are not many famous people, they really celebrate the ones they have.
Juan Diego Florez
Italian teams are difficult to beat even if they play away.
Michael Ballack
Italian football’s different to Spanish and German, but it’s only different and not inferior.
Mario Gomez
Attraversiamo (meaning “Lets cross over” in Italian)
Elizabeth Gilbert
The Italian Fabio Cannavaro, who was with Real Madrid when I played against him several times, was the best player in the world in 2006. He wasn’t tall, but very quick and strong. He always knew his opponents well, as if he’d researched them.
Diego Forlan
I was born in Japan, so for me, Uniqlo is a family brand. My granny used to wear Uniqlo. And my Italian dad wore Uniqlo. I wore Uniqlo, of course.
Nicola Formichetti
I’m Italian, but some people think I’m Jewish because I work the Yiddish. I also work the Italian, by the way.
Joy Behar
The way I see film is I think film is like going out to dinner. I feel it’s a banquet. You don’t want to have the same food you have at home. You want to go and eat a fantastic Chinese meal or Italian or Greek.
Guillermo del Toro
BUT, in terms of attractiveness, speaking in terms of physical aspects only I think that Argentinean, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish men are among the most attractive men.
Alicia Machado
A fool and his money are soon elected.
Will Rogers
I was always, and I still am to a certain extent, one of those lazy people who spends a lot of time with Italian friends and yet constantly says I don’t speak Italian. Things slow down when I start speaking Italian.
Tilda Swinton
The Italian tough guys, dey talk real deep like dis down in dere chests… while the Irish speak way high-ah, up here in their heads.
Martin Landau
Do you remember when we played in Spain in the Anglo-Italian Cup?
Shaun Newton
The Italian comes to his table with the same open heart with which a child falls into his mother’s arms, with the same easy feeling of being in the right place.
Marcella Hazan
A whole new world of Italian music was springing up, and [Giuseppe] Verdi was seen as old. Boito got Verdi all excited about the possibility of doing another opera, another kind of opera. In fact, Verdi composed his two best operas, Otello and Falstaff, in his eighties.
Maurice Sendak
Bernie Sanders is like those liberal members of the German National Socialist Party during the WWII, or of the Italian Fascist movement during Mussolini. They’d do much for their own workers and peasants, socially… as long as funds were flowing in from the countries plundered by their imperialism.
Andre Vltchek
My Italian-American heritage, of which I’m very proud and with which I identify strongly, surfaces in several of my novels.
Wally Lamb
The earliest golfing memories that I have are of the Italian Open when I was about six years of age. Watching that event is how I really got started in the game.
Matteo Manassero
I’m very proud of the Italian heritage of my great-grandparents, who came here from Italy, and how they helped be a part of the American Dream, and that’s something we want to continue to make available to everybody who wants to come here.
Steve Scalise
I always like going to fancy Italian restaurants.
Kyle Larson
I grew up in a city, an Italian, knowing what the Mafia was.
Joseph D. Pistone
It’s all very Italian (and decidedly un-American): to insist that doing the right thing is the most pleasurable thing, and that the act of consumption might be an act of addition rather than subtraction.
Michael Pollan
I want to express our grieve and condolences to the families of two hostages: one American, Dr. Warren Weinstein and an Italian Giovanni LaPorto who were tragically killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.
Barack Obama
My sister Zoya and I have been exposed to the best of cinema of all kinds – Chinese, Japanese, Italian, etc.
Farhan Akhtar
I’m Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m Italian on Columbus Day. I’m a New Yorker every day.
Tamara Tunie
It was impossible for me to believe that conditions in Europe could be worse than they were in the Polish section of Chicago, and in many Italian and Irish tenements, or that any workshops could be worse than some of those I had seen in our foreign quarters.
Alice Hamilton
I sometimes call my new system ‘Italian pagan Catholicism,’ but it could more accurately be called ‘pragmatic liberalism,’ with roots in Enlightenment political philosophy. It is a synthesis of the enduring dual elements in our culture, pagan and Judeo-Christian, Romantic and Classic.
Camille Paglia
My mother is Italian and my dad’s Irish. In my family, we’re expressive. Nobody holds back.
Kate Walsh
The first thing that inspires me is my mood, but I take inspiration from a lot of things: a rock song, a romantic movie or a specific lifestyle, like 1960s London and, of course, Italian ‘dolce vita!’
Chiara Ferragni
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
Charles V
In Italy, for the same price as a typical British hamburger meal including sweet, a builder’s labourer could eat like a king – rather better in fact, because pasta dishes gain from being kept simple.
Clive James
Inter did not treat me well. They did not recognise my value despite me winning the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Rafael Benitez
I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.
Elton John
I love cooking. My Italian mother is a genius cook, and I picked that up from her. I make my own sauce, which takes four hours, from a recipe that’s been refined over many years. I won’t tell anybody what it is.
Josh Fox
I think every culture – you can call it an American Ronin, a medieval knight errant, you could talk about ‘Shane.’ There is an archetype that I think is actually common to a lot of cultures, and even the Clint Eastwood stuff was probably as influenced by the Japanese stuff, and yet done by an Italian.
Edward Zwick
I grew up in a very old-fashioned Roman Catholic, Italian-Irish family in Philly.
Bradley Cooper
If I hosted a high tea at home it would be an Italian aperitivo-style high tea. I’d make little meatballs with lemon puree and mozzarella centres. Or maybe little schnitzel sliders with coleslaw.
Adriano Zumbo
My mom was my muse – she would buy me Italian ‘Vogue.’ I was this little fashion boy.
Nicola Formichetti
The first time I went to Hollywood, I was 25 years old. My background was mostly Italian.
Isabella Rossellini
Born to a tribal Bedouin family of nomadic desert shepherds in the region of Tripoli, Gaddafi was profoundly anti-colonialist. It is affirmed that his paternal grandfather died fighting against the Italian invaders when Libya was invaded by them in 1911.
Fidel Castro
No one could touch the home cooking of an Italian woman. French women, they are very intelligent, very sexy – but they don’t like to cook.
Sirio Maccioni
I think that my interpretation of Italian was a lot more southern than what my husband cooks. You know, I grew up in Queens and in Brooklyn, and we – really, it’s more southern. It’s Naples and Sicily. It’s heavier. It’s over-spiced. And like most Americans, I thought spaghetti and meatballs was genius.
Debi Mazar
The toughest nights when I was a young, unknown comedian were opening for these real old-time Italian singers. I’m like Grace Jones to them. “This guy is nuts-talking about socks. Where’s the wife jokes, where’s the fat jokes?”
Jerry Seinfeld
The Italians are hoping for an Italian victory.
David Coleman
I cook stuff that I picked up from my husband’s mother. I thought that would be a good way to his heart, you know. I love to cook Italian and French, also.
Beth Hart
Everything that goes outside the rules of Italian cinema has always been cursed.
Luca Guadagnino
I will seek to change some of the European treaties and regulations which penalise Italian people.
Matteo Salvini
I think speaking Italian affects your whole body movement. It’s so musical and animated and passionate.
Juliet Aubrey
I like the idea of a love story between men. There is a great affection between men, which exists much more in ethnic groups: Latin, Italian, Jewish.
Arne Glimcher
I love to make soups. My father used to say, ‘There’s nothing like a nice bowl of soup.’ One of my favorites is… ready? Broccolini, white bean and hot Italian sausage soup. I’ve used escarole. Escarole in beans is unbelievable, or you can use bok choy, any kind. You can really fool around. That’s one of my good ones.
Tony Danza
Fiction’s essential activity is to imagine how others feel, what a Saturday afternoon in an Italian town in the 2nd Century looked like. My ambition is solely to get some effect, as of light on stone in a forest on a September day.
Guy Davenport
The lucky thing was that I was Italian; when the other Italians saw me fight back, they came to my defence.
Gregory Corso
What the altar-bound of today end up buying from their numberless vendors is a dog’s breakfast of bridal excess – part society wedding of the twenties, part Long Island Italian wedding of the fifties. It’s The Philadelphia Story and The Wedding Singer served up together in one curious and costly buffet.
Caitlin Flanagan
My mother’s side is Italian; my father’s side is Jewish. We’re the kind of family where every Sunday night we have dinner with all 19 of my cousins.
Lea Michele
Happiness is German engineering, Italian cooking, and Belgian chocolate.
Patricia Briggs
I like me Italian girls; half Halle Berry, half Penelope Cruz sort of thing!
Tom Felton
There was a Greek restaurant, the only place we could get Italian food. All of us Italians and many others from other parts of Europe used to go there, and Rajiv and his friends also. Some of his group knew some of my group, and we met just like that.
Sonia Gandhi
As the grandson of Italian immigrants, maybe I am biased, but I think Christopher Columbus, the man who is rightfully credited with bringing European civilization to the Western Hemisphere, deserves the national holiday enacted by Congress in 1934.
Tom Tancredo
I will be the defence lawyer of the Italian people.
Giuseppe Conte
My most treasured item is the brown leather bag that my mum bought me from a little Italian shop for my 21st. It’s supposed to be a vanity bag, but I use it as a handbag.
Felicity Jones
Venetians feel affection and loyalty to their city, rather than to the Italian state.
Donna Leon
Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, sushi, I love it all. Put it on a plate, and as long as I know what it is, I will eat it.
Camren Bicondova
Their (Liverpool) fans are being man-marked by the Italian police.
George Hamilton
The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western.
Armand Assante
I have family in Italy that my mother keeps in contact with, but I don’t because I don’t speak Italian.
Pauly D
It’s the inability to handle the pressure that makes a big difference between the Italian players and the England players when it comes to the World Cup stage.
Gianluca Vialli
I so want to be able to speak another language. I love the way my friends who are half Italian and half English break from one language into another without even pausing.
Princess Eugenie of York
It’s always like that with Italian teams, they’re competitive, they know what they want and they know how to get it.
Sergio Busquets
I was competing in an IPC World Cup race, but the finish area was short and I came across the line with my head down and went straight through the fence. It was only because the Italian team doctor leapt out to grab me that I didn’t smash through the cafГ© window.
Heather Mills
Yes, I’m half Italian. So my grandfather speaks heavy Italian… and I couldn’t understand a word he said.
Paulo Costanzo
My father is Italian, and I never met my paternal grandparents. The family name was ‘Caroselli’ and it was changed in the mid ’50s. I think they wanted to assimilate, which was pretty common, although I love the name ‘Caroselli.’
Steve Carell
Italian design is a global excellence, on a par with food, culture, cinema, and, more generally, lifestyle.
Paolo Gentiloni
Now they’re attracted to one another, but repelled by their ethnic origins, so that there was something to overcome. They had to overcome their own prejudices, which had been imposed by the culture – their own shame at being Mexican and Italian.
Robert Towne
I love Black History Month and celebrating my ancestral roots, but not just my blackness, which is so beautiful. But my Tahitian and my Italian – everything that makes me, me.
Jordan Fisher
I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.
Roger Federer
Most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. I’m mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.
Al Pacino
I love the feel of good quality Italian black lace that feels delicate and really feminine.
Nicole Trunfio
As a matter of fact, I’ve been to Italy many times before I met my husband, which he can’t even imagine that I could possibly know anything about Italian food. But, you know, Italian food’s really basic, and there’s so many different variations on it that what my husband did is he broke it down for me.
Debi Mazar
In Iran, the women are like Italian women, they rule the house inside. But it’s full of life. The history is very rich. The mystic of the Middle Ages. We have to learn from them. They influence all the philosophers when they came to Europe all those many many years ago.
Juliette Binoche
Twenty-nine years on Wall Street, and an Italian last name, not one trading violation… they can’t find anything. Because I would never dishonor my dad by hurting my last name by doing something stupid for money or for power.
Anthony Scaramucci
I speak a little Italian and Spanish because of where I grew up. I also am well-versed in Angelino slang and corporate Euro-speak. I don’t like gimmicks. The biggest gimmick of all is trying to fit in and be ‘normal’. I will always be myself no matter what. Crazy is a compliment. Flashback.
Benny Cassette
My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds. My father’s Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent. They’re both first-generation Americans.
Susan Lucci
I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it’s a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant.
Dolly Parton
My brother and I have matching tattoos on our arms. It says, ‘Humility is strength,’ in Portuguese and Italian, because my genius brother taught English in both Italy and Brazil.
Nikki Reed
I was a child in the ’60s and a teenager in the ’70s, which was the golden age of film as far as I’m concerned, between American film and the Italian reinvention of genre film.
George Pelecanos
My vocal style is called bel canto, which is an old Italian vocal style going back hundreds of years.
Sebastian Bach
Unfortunately, you need to keep Italian Roma in Italy.
Matteo Salvini
I had a good mind to discontinue permanently the supply of grain to the city, reliance on which had discouraged Italian agriculture, but refrained because some politician would be bound one day to revive the dole as a means of ingratiating himself with the people.
I like a lot of food. I like Taiwanese food, of course. I like baguettes, especially the ones that my dad buys. Vancouver has a lot of variety, with pizza, hot dogs, Italian, Indian, seafood – a great combination of culture.
Godfrey Gao
My family, they’re story tellers. My mom is Irish, and my dad is Italian. In my family, we weren’t allowed to watch TV while we ate – we had to sit around the table and tell stories about our day.
Meg Cabot
I love making Italian food. And coconut chicken.
Joe Jonas
I wish more Italian literature were translated and read in English. I’ve discovered so many extraordinary and diverse writers: Lalla Romano, Carlo Cassola. Beppe Fenoglio, Giorgio Manganelli, just to name a few.
Jhumpa Lahiri
I am a nice human, but I’ve also got Italian in my family. My mom’s side is Italian and my mom is a very scary human being. I get a lot of that intensity and snap straight into it from her. She’s legit terrifying. Lovely girl. Lovely mother but when she gets angry, she’s absolutely terrifying. She’s a damn monster.
Rhea Ripley
When I was invited to sing with Pavarotti, I had about two weeks to learn Italian.
Michael Bolton
I’ve heard it said that if you know English, Spanish, Italian, and I think it’s French, you can go just about anywhere in this world…except for China where they have all those derelicts.
Mike Shannon
Get me a skinny frappuccino. I have no idea what that is – I would like to think you would be presented with a tiny Italian man.
Miranda Hart
Scamorza, an Italian curd cheese often labelled ‘smoked mozzarella,’ melts fantastically well.
Yotam Ottolenghi
And we have a little herb garden, which survived the winter thanks to global warming. It makes me feel like a cool, old Italian housewife, that I kept my rosemary alive outside all winter.
Elizabeth Gilbert
My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff.
Dominic Chianese
Nobody should imagine that they could go to England and change the way that football is played there. Just as nobody should imagine that they could come to Italy and change the culture or the DNA of Italian football. Or even the DNA of the club where they work.
Massimiliano Allegri
Dad hails from the royal family of Tripura, Kooch Bihar and Baroda and is a great chef. Be it Nepalese, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, Mughlai, Punjabi or Thai cuisine, he knows the nuances of them all.
Riya Sen
If Shakespeare had lived in our age, he would have been sued for writing Romeo And Juliet, because as everybody knows, he plagiarized that from an Italian play.
Lloyd Kaufman
We talked to Sergei Bodrov who did “Mongel” who I thought was incredible. There was a lot of people who’ve done a lot of things that I really appreciate and then you go back to the Italian spaghetti westerns that our spaghetti westerns were based off of so I’ve seen everything.
Josh Brolin
They would sort of keep you on your toes that way – that kind of Italian allergic reaction to eagerness. It’s very bruta figura, bad form, to be eager. You sort of glide in and have a conversation and work things out, then it takes two days to get up and running.
Matt Tyrnauer
The cooking standards for Italian food are less demanding than for French. All you need are some fried mozzarella and five pastas, and you’re in business.
Danny Meyer
I always looked up to my grandfather. He wore Italian zip-up CAT boots, and he had a moustache which he waxed into a twirl – now that is worth looking up to.
Brandon Boyd
My father’s Peruvian! I actually have a lot of family in Cuzco. I’m also Swiss, Alaskan, French, Spanish and Italian.
Q’orianka Kilcher
My grandfather worked in a shoe factory – he was an Italian immigrant. My father was the first to go to college in the family.
Camille Paglia
But can I tell the genuine-article Italian from the poseur Italian? No. To me they all seem like poseurs.
Quentin Tarantino
I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages. With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian.
Michelle Hunziker
My success is that I have these two great cultures behind me. One is Italian. I’ve continued to nurture that. But I also feel very American.
Lidia Bastianich
(Actually now I’m remembering that the goodbye chow isn’t spelled that way. It’s ciao or something weird like that. It’s Italian, right? But I’m not an Italian gypsy, I’m a hungry gypsy. So spelling it chow makes total sense.)
Wendelin Van Draanen
I speak for all Italian industry that India is number one priority for us.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
My mother was French Protestant, and my father was Italian Catholic, and their union was an excess of God, guilt and sauce.
Mitch Albom
I speak English. I grew up speaking Bengali. This is the normal, the known, the obvious composition of who I am. Then there’s Italian, this strange, other component of me that I’ve just created. It was a creative process just to learn the language, never mind to start expressing myself in it.
Jhumpa Lahiri
I cover my shyness by being exactly the opposite. You know, really loud and very Italian. I am an extremely insecure and fragile person, and only the people that really know me know that. But I push myself.
Mariacarla Boscono
I like English football, Spanish football, Italian football. I like all of them.
I like Italian movies. I was frequently there in the ’60s, in Rome and the vicinity. It was a great period in life. I was very influenced by their stuff.
Clint Eastwood
My family isn’t really Italian. We’re more like Olive Garden Italian.
Mike Birbiglia
When I started as a young chef, I was Italian, and I was a woman, and everyone else in New York was French and a man.
Lidia Bastianich
Many of the books I read, I had to read them in French, English, or Italian, because they hadn’t been translated into Spanish.
Antonio Munoz Molina
I speak five languages: English, Swedish, French, Italian, and German.
Roy Hodgson
I am Italian. Springsteen’s mostly Italian, too. We’re both Italians with Dutch names, one of the many things we have in common.
Steven Van Zandt
Early in my career, people wanted to pigeonhole me as the bad guy because I’m of Italian-American descent, which they often were when I started out. You have to fight against it. One of the things that helps is the ability to do comedy.
Stanley Tucci
The Italian one is the toughest league of all for the attackers.
David Trezeguet
The secret is that I am Italian.
Dennis Christopher
My friend told me he was going to a fancy-dress party as an Italian island. I said: ‘Don’t be Sicily’.
Tim Vine
Fortunately the Italian people is not habituated to eating several times a day.
Benito Mussolini
Italian managers don’t enjoy themselves at all.
Gianluca Vialli
I did enjoy cooking, I still do really enjoy cooking – I make a nice salmon dish, and Im a huge meat freak, so I love to bang a few steaks on the grill or pasta. Anything Italian, really.
Luke Pasqualino
The Italian landscape has always harmonized the vulgar and the Vitruvian: the contorni around the duomo, the portiere’S laundry across the padrone’s portone, Supercortemaggiore against the Romanesque apse. Naked children have never played in our fountains, and I. M. Pei will never be happy on Route 66.
Robert Venturi
The first wine I drank, a Chateau Haut-Brion, I was 22, it was my first glass of wine, and I discovered voluptuousness. From there, I started tasting French wines, then Spanish wines, then Italian wines.
Carole Bouquet
I studied voice at Yale with Blake Stern from the music school, and he had me singing German lieder and Italian songs.
Michael Cerveris
I’m a huge fan of mafia history – mostly the Italian mafia but also their associates, as well as Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang.
Rob Van Dam
Pasta isn’t just for Italian food anymore. Now there are tasty pasta recipes found in Asian cuisine, and it’s emerging as a newfound love for vegans.
Marcus Samuelsson
I went to schools that were small enough that basically everyone was in a play. I played a bouncing ball in a production of Alice in Wonderland and a fat man in an Italian commedia dell’arte play. I was given some small chances.
Lena Dunham
No part of Italian society should see itself as exempt from the effort to save Italy from collapse.
Giorgio Napolitano
Sure, Tod’s makes shoes and bags. But we make them using leather, which is a living substance to me. And behind each shoe and bag, which in itself may be attractive and useful and comfortable to carry and wear, there is this Italian spirit, this Italian dream.
Diego Della Valle
I’d won three cups with Lazio – then, against the odds, we won Serie A, the Italian equivalent of the Premier League. Rome went wild. Thousands of people filled the streets, and fans even jumped on my car. I became known as Il Mitico – ‘the legend.’
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Ciao,” I say casually, and flick my hair back. “Si. Ciao.” I could so be Italian. Except I might have to learn a few more words.
Sophie Kinsella
I don’t think Italian football is a particularly appealing product for anyone that wants to invest unless they are Italians that understand exactly what goes on in our country and the way things are done.
Gianluca Vialli
The Italian culture and values have significantly shaped who I am, and I would never intentionally demean or degrade the very culture that has been so integral to my life.
Tim Ryan
It’s only because I feel like such a philistine spending all that time in hair and makeup that I started to knit. I used to spend that time studying Italian and French. Then after I had two kids, my brain turned to mush and I took up knitting.
Felicity Huffman
The German soldier has impressed the world, however the Italian Bersagliere soldier has impressed the German soldier.
Erwin Rommel
Pizza was made for television in so many ways: it is easy to heat up, easy to divide and easy to eat in a group. It is easy to enjoy, easy to digest and easy-going. It is so Italian!
Yotam Ottolenghi
I enjoy eating Italian and Japanese cuisine, and abroad, I love Zuma, Nobu, and Cipriani.
Sidharth Malhotra
I learned when I was a student in Connecticut. I had an Italian-American teacher who gave me classes for a week, and then said, “Okay, you’re ready.” And I wasn’t ready. I didn’t know how to drive!. But he knew the policeman who gave the test. And that’s how I got through.
Sandra Cisneros
You can’t do more mama than Italian Jewish mama.
Ginevra Elkann
Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.
Sophia Bush
A film is a film and it has to be good to be inspired. That’s number one. It can be Italian, French, German, American. It’s moving images in front of you and with a strong director who injects his point of view and artistry.
Alexandre Desplat
I took a straight picture that made me look like a thirty-year-old Italian who’d kill anybody who said something against his mother.
Jack Kerouac
I was racially discriminated against for years as a child in Leeds because I was an Italian.
Marco Pierre White
I don’t know how things stand in the thinking of the Italian parliament. The Pope doesn’t get mixed up in Italian politics.
Pope Francis
The beauty of Rome is that you can wander into a pizzeria just about anywhere and get a real Italian pizza that’s thankfully worlds away from the Super Supreme I used to order at Pizza Hut as a kid.
Ed Stoppard
On the field I defend our colours, love our flag and sing our anthem. I could not be more Italian than I am now.
Gianluigi Buffon
I am still around too many Italian people to start speaking like a guy from London. I live in Italy for six months of the year, all the people in my restaurants are Italian and it means that when I speak, it is always with an Italian accent in my head.
Gino D’Acampo
English football is very different from Italian; it’s more physical, and matches are always very open.
Roberto Mancini
Italian ports are no longer at the disposal of traffickers.
Matteo Salvini
Sometimes a name seems our most arbitrary possession,
and sometimes it seems like the grain in a rock
like a sculptor’s hunk of Italian marble: Whack it
and you might get either your first glimpse of a saint
or a pile of rubble.
Lucia Perillo
I am proud to be Italian because I was born in Italy, I grew up in Italy, I went to school in Italy and I have worked in Italy. I’m Italian.
Mario Balotelli
The first acting I ever did was an Italian commercial. Once I did that, I said, ‘this acting thing is awesome.’
Laura Prepon
Jessica swallowed. “I think you had better stick to English.” “But Italian is so moving,” Dain said. “To ho voluto dal primo che ti vedi.” I’ve wanted you from the first moment I saw you. “Mi tormenti ancora.” You’ve tormented me ever since.
Loretta Chase
I would like just one time to be on the cover of Italian Vogue.
Adriana Lima
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Iris Murdoch
I was a street guy. I mean, I grew up in an Italian neighborhood with mob guys around. Where I grew up, you gambled, you shot dice, you played cards, you went to the track. So the mob to me was not strange, it was not like I was an F.B.I. agent from Salt Lake City.
Joseph D. Pistone
I am not 100% English, I am actually part Italian and even part Hungarian. Therefore I feel very much part of Europe both in my upbringing and outlook.
Bruce Bennett
After this, I took private lessons in Italian from an elementary school teacher. He gave me themes to write about, and some of them turned out so well that he told me to publish them in a newspaper.
Grazia Deledda
In Italian museums are sometimes found little painted screens that the priest used to hold in front of the face of condemned men to hide the scaffold from them.
Albert Camus
I’ve been singing my whole life, since I was a kid; but never formally as a career. I did it in plays when I was younger, and I sang all styles of music: everything from Italian opera to blues.
Brittany Murphy
I can’t even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball – he might grab mine.
Brian Clough
In the 20th century, the French managed to get a death on the myth that they produce the world’s best food. The hype has been carefully orchestrated, and despite the fact that the most popular food in the last quarter has undoubtedly been Italian, the French have managed to maintain that mental grip.
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Roberto Mancini’s got that Italian style, the old joie de vivre.
Perry Groves
I like watching Spanish and Italian games and looking at how they play compared to us.
Conor Coady
My wife spoke perfect Italian and she was very beautiful and very suave Italian men were crowding around her, talking all the time and if I was to even understand what was going on, I had to learn the language fast.
Clive James
Italian politicians are stupid and expensive, that’s why they should be fired, abolished, or better eliminated.
William C. Brown
Like the old Italian saying goes, ‘It ain’t rocket surgery.’
Nadia Giosia
One thing he misses about New Jersey: One thing they don’t have out here in California is Rita’s Italian Ices. We used to have one right next to our house and it was so good!
Joe Jonas
I am not interested in the Italian national team. I prefer to have a new experience, outside of Italy.
Fabio Capello
I want to eat good Italian food and get better at their language. It seems so romantic too.
Kristin Chenoweth
My dad lives in Sicily, so I’m half Italian and half Irish – it’s a fiery combination.
I am glad to see there are some football clubs that are trying to change the trend and move it towards a British way of running clubs, obviously with a very strong Italian identity.
Gianluca Vialli
It’s the ‘Italian Vogue.’ Of course, I said yes!
Rhea Pillai
Very few of the early Italian humanists were really humane.
Irving Babbitt
The unlikely combination of potatoes and pasta does appear in some Italian recipes.
Yotam Ottolenghi
I’ve spent some time working with a non-Italian designer, I’ve been helping him organize fashion shows, the advertising, also helping with the creative part. But the great part about this work is that I am no one!
Allegra Versace
I love America. I lived here too but my links are exclusively Italian.
Domenico Gnoli
I’m an average American. As I joke, I’m the average Mexican American Jewish Italian mayor of the most diverse city in the world.
Eric Garcetti
Can a film really change anything? I mean, what was the last time? Maybe the Italian neo-realists, where they became the voice and the heart and the soul of Italy, a nation that had been destroyed. I don’t know.
Martin Scorsese
For me, I just like to cut out bread. I like to keep the good carbs in my diet – I love pasta and Italian food – but I try to eat just that on the weekends and cut out carbs during the week.
Ashley Tisdale
Italian football has a lot of appeal, even though it must improve.
Gianluca Vialli
The best part was the food. There are some great Italian restaurants we go to whenever we are in Toronto, so the eating was a definite highlight.
Mary-Kate Olsen
I always wanted ‘Sideways’ to be like a great 1960s Italian film.
Alexander Payne
I used to live in Pillgwenlly, and there was this old Italian pizzeria that used to be there with a really amazing character who ran it.
Asif Kapadia
Italian authorities seized $6 trillion worth of fake, worthless U.S. Treasury bonds. Pretty good counterfeit job, too. They look just like the genuine, worthless Treasury bonds.
Jay Leno
There’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to learn Italian. I want to learn to play tennis better. I want to motivate the world, basically.
I have always played cards during training camps. I used to play Italian card games, though. I rarely played poker.
Christian Vieri
Food is a passion for me, especially Italian cuisine. I prefer to have somebody cook for me, but I can do some very nice pasta dishes.
Manuel Neuer
When I was a student looking at Leonardo DaVinci and all those guys – Italian, Dutch, or whatever – it’s incredible how each piece of the painting fits to the main theme that they want to express.
Emir Kusturica
Roberto Donna is a great Italian chef.
Jose Andres
Italian food is seasonal. It is simple. It is nutritionally sound. It is flavorful. It is colorful. It’s all the things that make for a good eating experience, and it’s good for you.
Lidia Bastianich
I had been learning Italian for years. I always loved Latin, but Italian is a living language; I’m writing in it now as well as reading it. It is so interesting delving further into language.
Jhumpa Lahiri
If Rooney had been Italian, he would have been loved like Francesco Totti was at Roma.
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Having a lean and hungry look was frowned upon in my Italian neighborhood where a girl was considered too skinny if she could make her knees touch.
Gina Barreca
It’s typical of Italian culture that we only start to feel emotional about something when we have the possibility to see it in front of us. By February, Italy will have Olympic fever.
Alberto Tomba
My favorite foods are anything Italian.
Ainsley Earhardt
Well, the Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist Party outside Soviet Union, there’s no doubt about that.
Gianni Agnelli
I love Italian food – especially Tuscan-style cuisine.
Nick Wooster
The Italian Renaissance extends beyond food, of course. Just about every major Italian furniture designer now has a shop in Paris, and Le Bon Marche recently opened an outlet for Santa Maria Novella perfumes, elixirs and soaps from Florence on its ground floor.
Elaine Sciolino
The best-dressed man is an Italian who is trying to look English, or an Englishman who is trying to look Italian.
Diane von Furstenberg
In Italian, the word for novel is romanzo, “the romance.” The English is “novel” – something new. Both of those elements, experimentation and love, are fundamental to the form.
Mohsin Hamid
I remember when we did our first read-through, Sonny [Bono] looks at the script and he goes, “Okay, I’ll see you guys later. Chai-ay-oh!” And I said, “It’s ciao! Aren’t you Italian? C-i-a-o doesn’t spell ‘chai-ay-oh.'” Sonny’s dead, so he won’t be embarrassed if I tell that story.
Teri Garr
After his success in the Tour of Italy and Tour de France in the same year, Pantani certainly made mistakes – but he was targeted by Italian justice who never let him go. I believe it was that that destroyed him.
Eddy Merckx
The laws imposed by Brussels damage Italian artisans, traders, pensioners, but hey, Europe is asking, so we have to obey. Come on, if Europe asks me to throw myself in a well, I’m not going to do that just because Europe is asking me to, am I?
Matteo Salvini
My dad lives in Sicily, so I’m half Italian and half Irish – it’s a fiery combination.
Nico Mirallegro
New York means many different things to me. It certainly means cheesecake, more species of cheesecake than I ever knew existed: rum, orange, hazelnut, chocolate marble, Italian, Boston, and of course, New York.
David Frost
I am officially Jewish, but I’m Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant.
A. J. Jacobs
Instead of Otello being an Italian opera written in the style of Shakespeare, Othello is a play written by Shakespeare in the style of Italian opera.
George Bernard Shaw
Things are very good at Inter. I love the club and also the Italian people and the Italian culture. It suits me.
Wesley Sneijder
I cook. I did the Escoffier course in Paris when I was 21 in one of those periods when it was like a pause. I can cook anything Italian, Chinese.
Marie-Chantal Claire
Theres nothing more romantic than Italian food.
Elisha Cuthbert
I am one who is very meridione – Southern Italian. I am proud of this. I design everything with my team, which is fantastic and small. I design by look. For example, people always comment to me, “When you do men’s shirts, you always keep them closed on the catwalk.” That’s my thing.
Riccardo Tisci
Broccoli is not a Chinese vegetable; in fact, it is originally an Italian vegetable. It was introduced into the United States in the 1800s, but became popularized in the 1920s and the 1930s.
Jennifer Lee
As far as Italian ingredients, I always have one of those plants of fresh basil in the house, and some mozzarella in the fridge.
Gino D’Acampo
My Italian adventure was positive because I improved a lot in tactical terms, most of all defensively, which is something I hadn’t worked on quite so much.
Bojan Krkic
My mother is not a CIA agent, but she’s an Italian mother, and she’d do anything for her son.
Adriano Giannini
My stepmother Angela is an Italian from New York City. I based Rhoda on her and a Jewish friend named Penny Ann Green. People often said that Rhoda seemed to be Italian. That was the Angela seeping through.
Valerie Harper
I felt frustrated by the limitations of rock and the lifestyle of touring around on a bus and playing the same songs over and over. So I went back to school to study music, and one of the things I got into was the Italian opera composer Puccini.
Rivers Cuomo
After karting in Venezuela, I came to Europe in 1998 to compete in international kart races, which was great for me to get experience racing outside my country. After consistently being at the top, I decided to move to Italian Formula Renault.
Pastor Maldonado
I hope that my government can help change Italian mentality.
Mario Monti
Milan are the most glorious Italian club.
Gerard Deulofeu
Some of my closest friends are Angelo Ogbonna, who’s Italian, and Pablo Fornals who is Spanish. His English is good but is not proper. There’s enough for me to understand what he’s got to say and we can go out and have a meal and be able to speak to each other through it so it is quality.
Michail Antonio
The national team can do so much for Italian football, as can even lads who no-one knows or who play in the lower Leagues.
Roberto Mancini
Patterned after an Italian Renaissance palace, it is 88 times as large and one millionth as valuable to the continuation of man. that Pentagon of traveling salesmen.
Norman Mailer
When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure.
Alex Ferguson
And when her biographer says of an Italian woman poet, ‘during some years her Muse was intermitted,’ we do not wonder at the fact when he casually mentions her ten children.
Anna Garlin Spencer
I’ve always felt like a foreigner wherever I’ve lived. I don’t feel much towards my Italian or Scottish roots, although I do cook the pasta at home.
Tom Conti
Italians know that what matters is style, not fashion. Italian style does not have social or age boundaries.
Stefano Gabbana
I can’t speak much Italian. I do go down well over there, but it’s frustrating because I can’t really speak it. Even if I do talk, they can’t understand my accent, but I should try to learn it.
Paolo Nutini
I grew up in an immigrant household with an Italian father who came to the U.S. when he was 15.
Sebastian Maniscalco
Italian women are among the largest group of European consumers of hosiery.
Sandro Veronesi
Italian journalism is free because it serves one cause and one purpose… mine!
Benito Mussolini
I’ve always wanted to walk Prada, since I’m Italian. It was really a big thing for me.
Vittoria Ceretti
You know, Italian-Hungarian – no matter how linear and cool I look on the outside, I have all that energy trying to find its way through life.
Carmen Dell’Orefice
I love African food, I love Italian food, but I rarely eat Italian out because it’s so easy to make at home. On the other hand, unless you have specialized equipment, Chinese food is really tough because you literally can’t get the pan hot enough.
Robert Sietsema
My boyfriend is Italian and from New Jersey, so naturally he was thrilled to meet Joe Pesci.
Diablo Cody
Growing up, I was always in the kitchen. Even in third grade, I made cooking videos called ‘The Little Italian.’ Very little production value, but it was good.
Bob Ainsworth
When I come to reflect on the subject, in no country have I received such honors or been so esteemed as in Italy, and nothing contributes more to a man’s fame than to have written Italian operas, and especially for Naples.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Russian economy is about the size of the Italian economy; it’s very small, and Russia’s military force is larger than it was, because Putin’s been investing in it, but it still doesn’t compare to that of the United States, and his reach and aim still don’t compare.
Anne Applebaum
[On Italian:] One may almost call it a language that talks of itself, and always seems more witty than its speakers.
Madame de Stael
Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don’t find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
Abel Ferrara
I never thought meeting you would be this boring. I thought we’d put our Italian emotion into gear and scream the place down. I never expected indifference.
Melina Marchetta
Leonardo Fibonacci, the great 13th century Italian mathematician (1175-1250) created the ‘Fibonacci sequence’ to explain behavior in nature mathematically. History has it that the first question he posed was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.
Rick Santelli
The Romans spent the next 200 years using their great engineering skill to construct ruins all over Europe.
Dave Barry
The basic Roman ruin design is a pile of rocks with a little plaque saying “Roman Ruins” and a group of tourists frowning at it and wishing they were back at the hotel bar.
Dave Barry
I think that’s what you and I have in common, Donatella Versace, that careful balance. It makes me proud to be an Italian. In the end, I am proud to do what I do.
Riccardo Tisci
The man who will live above his present circumstances, is in great danger of soon living beneath them; or as the Italian proverb says, “The man that lives by hope, will die by despair.
Joseph Addison
I learned English, French, Italian.
Manuel Pellegrini
Whether you talk about the olive oil, whether you talk about Aceto Balsamico, whether you talk about Grana Padano, whether you talk about Mozzarella di Bufala. These are all traditional Italian products that are hard to beat, and they’re easy to transport and buy. You don’t have to do much around it. Just eat them.
Lidia Bastianich
I look back at my elementary or high school pictures and I always had gel in my hair and a gold chain that I would wear outside my shirt. That’s how I was born and raised as an Italian male, and I always considered myself a Guido, anyway.
Pauly D
My dream jobs would be Italian ‘Vogue’ and anything with Chanel!
Kendall Jenner
[Italian men] are like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.
Elizabeth Gilbert
Italian work is excellent but it takes them six months to do what we do in a week.
William Hanna
I don’t speak Spanish, I speak a little of Italian but no Spanish.
Karl Lagerfeld
I’m totally Italian, but I’m not a diva. If you could see the way I’m dressed in daily life, that’s not a diva. Appearances are so not important to me.
Patti LuPone
My husband is American but Italian. Then I have the Mexicano side. I see both in my kids. My daughter is more Italian – she leans towards pizza – and my son leans more towards guacamole and puts lime in everything.
I’m Italian; I take my time. We’re not really fast. We’re very slow. I had my first child at 40, my second child at 45, James Bond at 50. I’m so curious as to what’s next!
Monica Bellucci
You’ll never see an Italian go on a diet.
Gino D’Acampo
I was offered to play an Italian part in an Italian film. Although I could not take it up because I did not have the time, the kind of characters being offered to us are changing.
Ali Fazal
It was only cool to have blond hair and be a surfer chick [in Sydney]. I could learn how to surf, but I still looked Italian. It took me a long time to realize that was a good thing.
Natalie Imbruglia
Liberty is no longer the virgin, chaste and severe, to be fought for … we have buried the putrid corpse of liberty … the Italian people are a race of sheep.
Benito Mussolini
My father’s family were Italian ice cream men, and the knowledge was passed on, so I ran an ice cream van while I was dating my wife.
Chris Rea
Manbags are only acceptable if you are Italian, French, or gay.
Roger Stone
I hope Milan will become the model to follow for Italian teams – it would mean that we had gone far in the Champions League!
It is possibly worth mentioning at this point that Mr. Young thought that paparazzi was a kind of Italian linoleum.
Terry Pratchett
I get a lot of credit for having succeeded as a Latina in this world, and I am not that. I appreciate it, but I’m Italian. And that does happen a lot.
Cameron Esposito
In America most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. I’m mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.
Al Pacino
Italian sides will find it hard to attract the world’s top players while there is a salary cap.
Eniola Aluko
If it’s good-looking men you’re after, the place to go is Italy. Every Italian I’ve ever come across is handsome.
Shirley Ballas
I got recognized more by little sweet Italian fans in six days than I’ve ever been recognized in L.A. in six years.
Italia Ricci
If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?
Martin Scorsese
Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.
Robert De Niro
The Prelude to Tristan and Isolde reminds me of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel.
Eduard Hanslick
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
John Heywood
As a kid, my parents would always listen to a lot of Beatles, Queen, Elvis. My mom was born and raised in Italy, and my dad was born in Canada and moved back and forth between Canada and Italy, so they would also listen to all the big Italian stars like Eros Ramazzotti, Gigi D’Alessio, Tiziano Ferro, Laura Pausini.
Alessia Cara
I’ve never dated a fictional character before. The closest I ever came was an Italian.
Woody Allen
I am a typical Italian; I love the clan. But I don’t think about getting married.
Gianni Versace
There are many actors who have inspired me: Spencer Tracy for his incredible elegance and, of course, Cary Grant. But, there’s also an Italian actor I admire a great deal: Alberto Sordi.
Alfred Molina
Whilst I love Italian food, when I think of Dubai I think spices, tangy and zing.
Tony Hadley
I am not one to turn down macaroni and cheese, even late at night. I love Italian food. I love pasta… A refrigerator full of water and Gatorade? Honey, that’s just not gonna happen.
Queen Latifah
I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions… the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.
Colin Firth
I was born and raised a guido. It’s just a lifestyle, it’s being Italian, it’s representing, family, friends, tanning, gel, everything.
Pauly D
I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. [Claudio] Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon.’
Jose Mourinho
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi looks in the mirror and sees a playboy of the old school. And men such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charlie Sheen no doubt look at Berlusconi and think, ‘Role model!’ Women, of course, know otherwise. They see him as an aging, pathetic buffoon.
Graydon Carter
English dialogues are always just what you need and nothing more – like something out of Hemingway. In Italian and in French, dialogues are always theatrical, literary. You can do more with it.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Very few Italian restaurants in Britain do a good job. They’re too scared to show you what real Italian food is like because they think you can’t handle it, so they dilute it.
Gino D’Acampo
Pope John Paul II’s press secretary, who said, See, if only the Pope were Italian, he woulda shot back! Never got a dinner!
Red Buttons
A popular character in old Italian plays, who imitated with ludicrous incompetence the “buffone”, or clown, and was therefore the ape of an ape; for the clown himself imitated the serious characters of the play.
Ambrose Bierce
I tried to learn the languages – Italian, Spanish, and German – not to successfully. Working on a European set isn’t a hell of a lot different from working on an American set.
Lee Van Cleef
Italian hospitals are great. The doctor smoking in the emergency room will sign any prescription you ask for.
Derrick Williams
Italian football in the eighties and nineties was the most beautiful league in the world. The hardest, most beautiful of all.
Sven-Goran Eriksson
On the Italian side, we can trace the family back 2,000 years. I have a cousin in Rome, a famous archaeologist, Count Andrea Carandini, who was in Lombardy and came across some pottery with the original name of the family, Carandinus, painted on it.
Christopher Lee
My family is certainly very vocal. They’re very Italian. A lot of our holidays end with people screaming at each other across the room. And everyone’s very opinionated and intelligent. A lot of my aunts and uncles are wildly educated, and their opinions reflect that. We’re all very liberal.
Chris Evans
I speak African. I can even speak Italian.
Frank Bruno
It’s great hearing stories of my mum growing up in Brooklyn, then moving to Florida, having me and growing up with this eccentric, fun family. Although I don’t eat a lot of Italian things, because I’m vegan. I was raised on meat and cheese, so I’ve had enough for anyone’s normal life span.
Ariana Grande
My favorite type of food is probably Italian. But I love steakhouses. I love Mexican Food. I mean, I really like it all.
Jimmer Fredette
What makes Harlem special is that at any given time, food seekers can not only find food deeply rooted in Southern, Latin and African traditions, but also can taste the newer Senegalese, Chinese, and Italian influences as well.
Marcus Samuelsson
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
The first car I ever owned was an Italian sports car, a convertible, and I’ve kind of owned everything under the sun since then.
Benjamin Bratt
My mom, ever the Italian, made braised chicken with tomato.
Alex Guarnaschelli
Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa piГ№, meno saВ— Who knows most, knows least.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I cherish my beautiful Italian heritage.
Lidia Bastianich
The English language is direct, unapologetic, and wonderfully amoral. Italian has a beautiful sound, but you cannot help but feel that you are always dealing with ghosts from the past and the looming dark presence of the Vatican.
Chiara Barzini
If someone thinks the course of Italian politics will become anti-European, against an open society, against trade, or populist, as they say today, the facts will prove them wrong.
Paolo Gentiloni
I hate the opera. I think I must have a tin ear. No matter how hard I concentrate it still sounds like a bunch of Italian chefs screaming risotto recipes at each other.
Aristotle Onassis
I have Italian heritage, so I’m keen to go over for a few months with the girls and soak up the culture and the food. I’d like us all to learn Italian together as a family – it’s something I’ve been saying for years.
Tamzin Outhwaite
Most movies shot in Italian don’t even bother to record the sound. In fact, sometimes when Fellini works, he doesn’t even know what the dialogue is going to be, and he simply has his characters count from 1 to 10, knowing he will loop in their dialogue later.
Sean Connery
I’m proud of my Italian roots, and I’ve always believed that I would get the chance to fight for the belt.
Paulie Malignaggi
“My father,” she admitted, “was of Italian extraction. Unfortunately, not an affliction that can be cured.” She paused. “Though he did die.”
Gail Carriger
Working with Moschino, a real high fashion Italian brand, maybe I’m under tighter deadlines, but sometimes under tight deadlines you do your best work.
Jeremy Scott
The school was nothing but reminiscence – of an Italian hill town, a French abbey, an English academy, the different sources improbably but convincingly melded into a fantasy about the classic sites of Europe as imagined by exiles from cold peripheral lands, nostalgia about somebody else’s past.
Edmund White
I love to dress in Italian clean-cut three-piece suits.
Jay Williams
I have the Italian flag embroidered onto all my dress-shirt cuffs. I am very proud to be Italian.
Lapo Elkann
If I have to pretend to be anything else than French, then I know it’s work for me. It’s not that it scares me, but it’s work. I cannot just pop up on the set and say ‘Okay, today I’m Italian!’
Vincent Cassel
All is well that ends well
Emily Rodda
I strongly believe that if you can survive for seven years in Italian football, you can make it anywhere else.
Hernan Crespo
My husband is actually Italian-American, and he thought I was Italian when he first met me.
Andrea Navedo
Streets crowded with people strolling, or sitting at outdoor cafes. And always, talking, gesturing, singing, laughing. I liked Rome immediately.Everybody was a performer.
Kirk Douglas
I grew up in the countryside with the factory here, my house 200 metres away, my grandma’s house 50 metres away, in a kind of old-style Italian society where everyone works for the family business, everyone lives nearby, and the people you spend your time with are your family.
Margherita Missoni
I have a lot of Italian friends, and they have espressos.
Rob Ford
I know I’m different. Even when I think about an acting career, there are so many limited roles to begin with. I have the ability to be Spanish, Indian, Italian, black, Persian. What roles do I see that compliment that?
We sold 1.5 million copies of the ‘Abracadabra’ album and 26,000 copies of ‘Italian X-Rays.’
Steve Miller
When you’re insecure about your technique, you close yourself off. Your shoulders tighten. The first thing, you should open your body and sing. Be happy. Sing real vowels, real Italian vowels. When you’re learning a good way to sing technically, you find it’s very easy to sing well.
Marcello Giordani
I gasp for air if I don’t get to breathe Italian air once a year.
Danny Meyer
I never thought that tailoring was something that normal people did; I just thought that it was something that guys who had suits made of Italian silk depended on, and I wish someone had told me what a difference tailoring makes!
Anna Kendrick
The Italian players, they eat pressure for breakfast, so they grow up with a lot of pressure and they know how to handle it.
Gianluca Vialli
I have always been considered to be the most German among Italian economists, which I always received as a compliment, but was rarely meant to be one.
Mario Monti
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, my wife speaks five languages: Russian, English, French, Italian and, out of self-defense, Spanish. I watched her learn Spanish in three months.
Cheech Marin
I was one of those fortunate individuals who grew up in a large, passionate, demonstrative Italian family where we were taught to love as naturally as we breathed and ate giant bowls of pasta!
Leo Buscaglia
The passion of the Italian or the Italian-American population is endless for food and lore and everything about it.
Mario Batali
As you know from the Italian expression, the fish stinks from the head down. What I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, okay, and that’s me and the President.
Anthony Scaramucci
All of a sudden, there are great Japanese films, or great Italian films, or great Australian films. It’s usually because there are a number of people that cross-pollinated each other.
Francis Ford Coppola
I also believe I met William Gaddis once. He did not look Italian.
David Markson
My name is actually Snoh, but there’s a rapper with that name already out there, so I was asked to add something to it. I didn’t really want to do it at first, but then I thought of Aalegra. It has a connection to music and means ‘joy’ in Italian.
Snoh Aalegra
One thing they don’t have out here in California is Rita’s Italian Ices. We used to have one right next to our house and it was so good!
Joe Jonas
I had a relationship with an Italian chick that was built on just fighting and sex. As much as all women won’t let go of stuff, Italian girls won’t let go of anything. And she punched really hard. I got tired of the arguing it took to get to the sex.
Denis Leary
There is nothing like a fine Italian sound.
Itzhak Perlman
I tend to read mostly 20th-century fiction, 20th-, 21st-century fiction in Italian.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.
Alvar Aalto
I pressed PLAY and started up Chiron’s favorite–the All-Time Greatest Hits of Dean Martin. Suddenly the air was filled with violins and a bunch of guys moaning in Italian. The demon pigeons went nuts. They started flying in circles, running into each other like they wanted to bash their own brains out.
Rick Riordan
But he is an Italian,” was Umberto’s sensible reply. “He doesn’t care if you break some law a little bit, as long as you wear beautiful shoes. Are you wearing beautiful shoes? Are you wearing the shoes I gave you?…principessa?” I looked down at my flip-flops. “I guess I’m toast.
Anne Fortier
American and Italian women stimulate designers to do new things.
Hubert de Givenchy
A good typeface is like a well-crafted English or Italian suit: it always looks perfect.
Bruno Maag
My grandmother was a chef, and she taught me to cook. One day I want a restaurant, a small Italian grill. That’s my aspiration.
Jeremy Miller
Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino makes zombie movies, which probably comes as a surprise to him. At the center of his best and most recent pictures are the walking dead, characters in a race with themselves across mortality’s finish line, their spirits arriving before the rest of them.
Steve Erickson
I’m not glamorous, I don’t have a look, I don’t know anything about opera, I have no Italian, and I’m too old.
Tyne Daly
I speak a little bit of Italian.
Dino Morea
Both my parents are Italian. My mom was born and raised in Italy. My dad was born in Canada, but then they moved to Italy.
Alessia Cara
I have Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Ethiopian blood in my veins.
Peter Ustinov
There is a Jewish tradition of family, too, but then not all Italian or Jewish families are close.
Richard Rogers
I come from a big Italian family, and I grew up around wrestling.
I’ve got a friend who is half-Jewish and half-Italian. If he can’t buy it wholesale, he steals it!
Jackie Mason
I love Italian opera – it’s so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don’t care about their immortal souls, and don’t worry about the ultimate.
D. H. Lawrence
I’ve noticed that girls between like 20 and 30 seem to know ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’ I got the goth kids who know ‘Buffy.’ I got this wide spectrum of people who range from like 8 to 13 who seem to know ‘Scooby-Doo.’ Then I get the international people who seem to know ‘Austin Powers’ and ‘The Italian Job.
Seth Green
Health care amounts to l4% of our GNP-a lot of money. It is the size of the Italian economy. And the president turned it over to his wife.
Jack Kemp
You have to go with your instincts. I remember when I was about to make “Fistful of Dollars” a big article came out that said, “Italian Westerns are finished.” I said, “Swell.” Then, of course, the film came out, and it did something. I’m so glad for the dozens of times I haven’t listened along the way.
Clint Eastwood
The death of an Italian tailor might not be calamitous in Catania or Cagliari, but the loss to Soho is immeasurable. We don’t have Italian tailors we can spare here.
Howard Jacobson
I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of ‘Everyday Italian,’ and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It’s very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over the pasta.
Giada De Laurentiis
Like the old Italian saying goes, ‘It ain’t rocket surgery.
Nadia Giosia
Everyone says we have our first African American president. Has there ever been a Jewish president? An Italian president? They don’t say a damn thing about that. You think we’re still fighting the Civil War or something. If you want to mention it in passing, OK. But don’t dwell on it.
Monte Irvin
I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.
Mario Batali
I go to Franny’s in Brooklyn a lot. It’s just a casual Italian place, but I could eat there every day.
Daniel Humm
My favourite area of Milano is by the canons – I go to an authentic Italian restaurant around there on a Sunday for delicious food.
Bianca Balti
Oddly, I feel more protected when I write in Italian, even though I’m also more exposed.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Not everyone in Italy may know how to cook, but nearly everyone knows how to eat. Eating in Italy is one more manifestation of the Italian’s age-old gift of making art out of life.
Marcella Hazan
The readership of Victorian novels, when they were published, was much less diverse. People were probably white, and had enough money to be literate. Very often, there are phrases in Italian, German and French that are left untranslated.
Eleanor Catton
Just because we are not Italian, does not mean we cannot appreciate Michelangelo, it is the same with cuisine.
Anthony Bourdain
Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions.
Lidia Bastianich
I’m not a violent person, never was, but I have this temperament that I’ve always displayed. I guess it has to do with my tradition and being Italian, we’re very outgoing with our emotions.
Al Pacino
In the early 1990s, I briefly got involved in Italian politics. But that intermezzo lasted just two years and had little success. I also found politics emotionally empty.
Luciano Benetton
The business of being told to earn a dollar, that no one is going to give you anything – that was kind of my mantra throughout my childhood, and now it’s in my adult life. I find that people really tend to relate to the immigrant father, whether he be Italian, Greek, Spanish or whatever.
Sebastian Maniscalco
But ‘art’ is not anything serious or exclusive: it is the smell of oil paint, Henri Murger’s Vie de Boheme, corduroy trousers, the operatic Italian model: but the poetry, above all, of linseed oil and turpentine.
Wyndham Lewis
I thought, ‘This is not going to drag me down, this is going to make me a better man.’ So I came out of prison a man with a plan, determined to set up a business importing Italian ingredients.
Gino D’Acampo
When there is a solid base of Italian players, those who come in take their example, and then everyone is working in the same direction.
Andrea Pirlo
If you analyze the German league, the Spanish league, the Italian league, there are two or three teams that stand out above the rest, and the other teams have a regular level.
Gerardo Martino
The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I’ve seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic.
Dominic Chianese
Pinot grigio is a great Italian table wine.
Sonja Morgan
Dante Alighieri has the most glorious imagination of modern poetry. So it’s talking about us, it’s concerning us. Everything in it conveys sentiment, emotions. He is really the greatest poet ever. So I am really very proud to present the shining pearl of Italian culture around the world.
Roberto Benigni
My mom is Italian, and her whole family still lives in Italy. My dad is Australian, and his family lives in Australia, so we were raised there.
Danielle Macdonald
Neither Italian fascism nor German national “socialism” have anything in common with such a [Soviet socialistic] society, primarily because private ownership of factories, plants, lands, banks, means of transportation, etc., remain untouched there, and, therefore, capitalism in Germany and Italy remains in full force.
Joseph Stalin
I don’t like being called ‘macho.’ Macho basically means stupid and a real Italian man is not macho, he’s smart. That’s smart in both senses: elegant and clever.
Andrea Bocelli
I do a lot of dialects in my act, including Irish, because I grew up in a neighbourhood that was predominantly Irish and Italian.
John Pinette
I have a profound admiration for Fellini. I met him lately and he’s just fantastic. I feel very close to him even though he’s very Italian. But his films could have been made in every country. When I say, I feel close to him, then also because we’re both born on January 20th.
David Lynch
I’m, like, half Norwegian and half Italian.
Toby Regbo
Acting as a profession came to me by chance: in 1946, after the war, I was having lunch with my cousin, who was the Italian ambassador, and he asked, ‘What are you going to do now you’re out of uniform?’ I said, ‘I’m pretty inventive, and I can imitate people,’ and he said, ‘Have you thought about being an actor?’
Christopher Lee
I’m very grateful to Italian football for the opportunity it has given me.
Mauro Icardi
St. Louis has a lot of weird food customs that you don’t see other places – and a lot of great ethnic neighborhoods. There’s a German neighborhood. A great old school Italian neighborhood, with toasted ravioli, which seems to be a St. Louis tradition. And they love provolone cheese in St. Louis.
Andy Cohen
I think the Eddie Alvarez fight is a good fight that makes sense – a couple Italian guys throwing down. I’ve got nothing but respect for the guy.
Michael Chiesa
I love strong flavors too. Like I don’t mind if it looks clean and clear and you know what you are eating if it has Italian, Chinese or Japanese flavor I love them all.
Wolfgang Puck
I’m Italian. I wouldn’t know how to play a Jew.
Alex Rocco
I speak fluent Spanish. I also speak Italian and I was once pretty decent at German.
Trish Regan
In graduate school, I decide to write my doctoral thesis on how Italian architecture influenced English playwrights of the seventeenth century. I wonder why certain playwrights decided to set their tragedies, written in English, in Italian palaces.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Dante can be understood only within the context of Italian thought, and Faust would be unthinkable if divorced from its German background; but both are part of our common cultural heritage.
Gustav Stresemann
I always, always liked children… I was very afraid of them before. Because I never really grew up, I mean, with a lot of little kids around. Even though I am from a kind of Italian family, I never really grew up with a lot of little kids around.
Steve Burns
There is, in fact, no law or government at all; and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.
Lord Byron
Women react differently: a French woman who sees herself betrayed by her husband will kill his mistress; an Italian will kill her husband; a Spaniard will kill both; and a German will kill herself.
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
After Luis Suarez of Uruguay bit an Italian opponent in the shoulder, two things happened. Suarez was thrown out of the rest of the tournament, and the player he bit turned Uruguayan.
Peter Sagal
A president from a partner nation should not make comments on Italian politics.
Anibal Cavaco Silva
My family, theyre story tellers. My mom is Irish, and my dad is Italian. In my family, we werent allowed to watch TV while we ate – we had to sit around the table and tell stories about our day.
Meg Cabot
An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
Edith Wharton
I come from a small village in Sicily. For all Italian people, family is very important. We don’t fight with our families.
Domenico Dolce
There’s an old joke that you know you’re in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it’s the other way around you’re in hell.
David Byrne
I just remembered songs my grandmother taught me, and songs that I learned for the recordings. But, then I learned to speak Italian. When I was there, I hired a professor who stayed with me 24 hours a day. She wouldn’t let me speak a word of English.
Connie Francis
The security and happiness of all minority groups in South Africa depend on the Afrikaner. Whether they are English- or German- or Portuguese- or Italian-speaking, or even Jewish-speaking, makes no difference.
P. W. Botha
I did a lot of magic shows growing up. My dad is a graphic designer so he helped me brand myself and create a logo. So I was just rollin’ with the magician crowd for a while. But I was really young, 10 to 13, doing table magic and balloon animals at this Italian restaurant.
I am more interested in revolutionary beauty than in the great beauty, to be honest. Italian cinema is now mostly a bureau for tourism. We have given up that revolution of the contemporary.
Luca Guadagnino
I personally translated the word ‘vendetta’ as Italian for ‘What do you mean, “you want to see other women”?
Gina Barreca
The Mediterranean is in my DNA. I’m fine inland for about a week, but then I yearn for a limitless view of the sea, for the colours and smells of the Italian and French Riviera.
Alain Ducasse
I’m very happy that I have an Italian version, a French version, and then I have my own company, but I’m not obsessed by my name. Some people are, “Oh, my name,” but I couldn’t care less about my name. What I like is the job. The ego trip of that comes later.
Karl Lagerfeld
I love filet mignon. I love French and Italian cuisine.
Maryse Mizanin
It is great to hear that Italian football now has many supporters in Asia.
Giorgio Chiellini
One week after moving to Rome, I started writing in my diary in Italian.
Jhumpa Lahiri
I am fluent in Spanish and I understand French, Italian and Portuguese.
Zoe Saldana
I love Italian, Mexican, Thai. Something spicy.
Peggy Whitson
I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is.
Roy Blount, Jr.
If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism.
Winston Churchill
I just love food, especially my mom’s Bulgarian cooking. Taco Bell is my favorite fast food restaurant. I also love Italian food.
Leah LaBelle
I do love the sound of ripping corn husks. The violence of the noise, the sustained popping and shoring of the silky organic threads, made me think of someone tearing up an expensive and potentially Italian set of trousers in a fit of madness that this person just might regret later.
Reif Larsen
Oh, my wife is a wonderful cook. She comes from a food-loving Italian family – her father owned a pizzeria!
Buddy Valastro
On sober reflection, I find few reasons for publishing my Italian version of an obscure, neo-Gothic French version of a seventeenth century Latin edition of a work written in Latin by a German Monk toward the end of the fourteenth century…First of all, what style should I employ?
Umberto Eco
I have Czech, I have Russian, I have English, I have Italian. Uh, what am I missing? A little bit of Irish. The Russian is Jewish. So I’m your classic American mutt.
Joe Lhota
The only problem was that I couldn’t communicate with Dario. He speaks Italian and I don’t. We had a translator the whole time. I just felt that something was lost with the go between. He was a delightful man, but I wish we could have spoken the same language.
Kim Hunter
My father’s best friend, Georgie Terra, was an Italian guy. The children and the cousins and nieces and nephews were children of the Mafia. Those were the children he grew up with. If you want to go to a safe neighborhood, go to where the Mafia is.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
The Italian mafia, they’re very [into] construction. They’re in a whole different way of operating than they did back in the ’20s.
Robert Loggia
I’m really in touch with my Italian roots. My mom’s whole side of the family is there.
Alessia Cara
The Army was always big on Clausewitz, the Prussian; the Navy on Alfred Thayer Mahan, the American; and the Air Force on Giulio Douhet, the Italian. But the Marine Corps has always been more Eastern-oriented. I am much more comfortable with Sun-tzu and his approach to warfare.
Jim Mattis
I really enjoyed playing Vinny Vedecci, the Italian talk show host. He was the first character I ever came up with where I gave him a name and a way of dressing.
Bill Hader
My grandmother was a chef, and she taught me to cook. One day I want a restaurant, a small Italian grill. Thats my aspiration.
Jeremy Miller
No nice extreme a true Italian knows;
But bid him go to hell, to hell he goes.
I was a mod when I was a kid. I’d be in Italian pencil-leg trousers with those bowling shoes you wear outside and a Fred Perry polo shirt with a V-neck sweater. It was like an Essex uniform – a very specific look.
Stephen Moyer
I make ‘skinny’ Italian food.
Teresa Giudice
The truth is, just to hear other people speaking Italian is really worth it. It keeps the sound in your ear.
Ann Goldstein
A lot of people believe Italian food is tasty because there are a lot of ingredients. But they don’t understand that the reason why it’s tasty is because there are less ingredients than in any other cuisine.
Gino D’Acampo
I’ve always had different diet kicks. I grew up in a big Italian family, kind of grew up a chubby kid, then went vegan in fifth grade. I did that for three years, then I went raw in high school. It’s always been extreme, but in the last few years I’ve gotten into balance. I don’t restrict myself like I used to.
Nico Tortorella
The Mediterranean will be turned into an Italian lake.
Benito Mussolini
Usually I wear my grandma’s old aprons, or others I have collected in my travels. When I was young, I would sit and watch my grandma prepare stuff. She wasn’t Italian, but she did really good Italian food.
Debi Mazar
I learned to speak Italian, somewhat. Definitely enough to get around in Italy. My grandfather always used to swear at my grandmother in Italian.
Jen Lancaster
In an Italian household, there were two figures for me growing up – you had the Pope and you had Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Tony Bennett. And not necessarily in that order.
Robert Davi
I followed an Italian manager and it cannot be easy when you follow a manager who thinks very differently.
Jose Mourinho
Asian players have more in common with the Bundesliga than with Italian or Spanish leagues because they are wedded to the team cause, are hard-working and disciplined.
Lothar Matthaus
They don’t call it the Italian Dream or the English Dream. In America, there is the American Dream. It was the first place to give people of any social background their dream. You can achieve anything.
Fabio Lanzoni
Italian players go to bed and they think about the training session of that day and the one the day after.
Gianluca Vialli
This bloke in Rome once took his camera off and cracked me round the head with it, and I’m bleeding. He was a bit bigger than me, the Italian photographer, but I thought, ‘I can’t back down now,’ so I sort of squared up to him. Luckily, my mate jumped round and bit him on the neck.
Pete Doherty
I can speak a little Italian.
Michael Sorrentino
I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.
Anne Burrell
I was a waitress at a really rundown Italian restaurant in Dublin, for about a week, at 16. I thought it was going to be romantic – overhearing affairs and watching first-time couples all loved up. But instead I was just running about constantly.
Dervla Kirwan
I love to listen to pop all the time! I like to be updated on the new hits; I think it’s important for what we do. Among my favorites of all time is, of course, Madonna. But I also love Kylie, our little princess; Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Justin Bieber. And I listen to Italian pop music like Tiziano Ferro.
Domenico Dolce
One of the biggest dishes in Sicily is couscous, and there’s always been a North African influence on Italian culture, culinary culture there.
Jonas Carpignano
It’s in their modest home. You go into their kitchen and serve yourself. It’s all homemade. It’s authentic Italian.
Graham Spanier
I was at Edinburgh doing history of art, Spanish and Arabic. I was originally supposed to do Italian instead of Arabic but when I went to see one of the lecturers they told me I should really do something more curveball. So I did.
Sophie Cookson
I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press, a new primer or encyclopedia. This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
Mario Batali
I have to admit that I have a massive weakness for Italian food, which is not very light but so good!
Camille Rowe
When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.
Mario Balotelli
I was born in the Golden West, reared in the arms of the Church, deluged with saints to draw from, and suckled on Italian art: my slates were covered from end to end with portraits of Savonarola, Fra Angelico, and Wild Bill and Sitting Bull; I knew all equally well and admired them about alike.
Gutzon Borglum
Coming from an Italian family, my parents had supermarkets and they said I had to take over as any son should take over the family business – I copped a lot of flak when I said ‘no.’
Adriano Zumbo
I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
Alicia Keys
Jesus was a poor, black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people. The Romans were Italian – which means they were Europeans, which means they were white – and the Romans ran everything in Jesus’ country.
Jeremiah Wright
I just really, really love food, so I don’t have a favourite. But if I had to pick one to eat every day, it would be Italian. But I also love Chinese and Japanese food.
Daniel Humm
The Canadian government has had a field day apologising for past policies towards a series of ethnic groups: Italian, Ukrainian, Sikh, Chinese, Japanese and Jews.
Margaret MacMillan
I wouldn’t say that I’m an Italian wine connoisseur. I do like red wine. I guess my favorites now are Bordeauxes. French.
Erik Larson
The Italian historian Armando Petrucci has done more than anyone else to revive interest in public writing. His groundbreaking Public Lettering: Script, Power, and Culture surveys the forms and uses of epigraphic writing from classical antiquity to the twentieth century.
Geoffrey Nunberg
It was a strange man, a kind of black humorist, a true philosopher. One day he said: “If my books could ensure an increase in the number of murders, well, it will mean that they have been quite useful in some way or another.”
William C. Brown
I am engaged in answering that Italian buffoon, Mazotti, whose views upon the larval development of the tropical termites have excited my derision and contempt . . .
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is interesting to note that the best periods of Italian Horror films came out of the Sixties, when Italy was enjoying a carnival period of phenomenal optimism, and the shadowy side surfaced with all of its attendant dark, beautiful, baroque, catholic symbolism.
Barbara Steele
Recently I was reading somewhere or other an Italian curio-dealer who attempted to sell a 17th century crucifix to J.P. Morgan. Inside it was concealed a stiletto. What a perfect symbol of the Christian religion.
George Orwell
I’m Jewish and Italian, and I lucked out and got the nose of both cultures.
Chelsea Peretti
I listen to Morricone, the famed Italian film composer, while I’m working.
Daniel Handler
A bomb fell on Italy. It slid off!
Henny Youngman
Well, I’m half Italian, so last year on Warped Tour I got this really good tan and I was like, bummer.
Gerard Way
I’m Scottish. Both my parents were born there, but I’m very proud of my Italian heritage as well.
Dario Franchitti
There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.
Elisha Cuthbert
In view of the experience I had acquired in the field of chemical industry, certain Italian government and industrial bodies entrusted me in 1938 with the task of instituting research and development studies on the production of synthetic rubber in Italy.
Giulio Natta
I’m Italian and the privilege of working in my home country would fill me with pride. However, the opportunity to work in a variety of countries, learning new cultures and footballing mentalities, is also very valuable.
Fabio Cannavaro
Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.
Dario Argento
I think, to go to the bottom of it all, that the films I have made and my kind of film-making is a hybrid type of film-making – in that it isn’t American, it isn’t Italian.
Sergio Leone
I cook Italian, Thai and Vietnamese, I’ve always liked to cook.
Robert Cray
My neighborhood now is all 21-year-old European supermodels. I go to the international newsstand on the corner, and they’re all looking for their pictures in ‘Italian Vogue.’
John Benjamin Hickey
There wasn’t much around. After the shows, we would go to an Italian restaurant that a friend of ours owned and so I didn’t get a chance to see much. Actually, that holds true of most places I’ve been.
Connie Francis
All’s well that ends well.
John Heywood
I don’t really consider myself an American filmmaker like, say, Ron Howard might be considered an American filmmaker. If I’m doing something and it seems to me to be reminiscent of an Italian giallo, I’m gonna to do it like an Italian giallo.
Quentin Tarantino
Italian food is all about ingredients and it’s not fussy and it’s not fancy.
Wolfgang Puck
The Italian economy has been held back for decades.
Mario Monti
In foreign countries such as Italy, the government puts strict-looking speed limit signs everywhere, but nobody ever sees them because light does not travel fast enough to catch the Italian drivers.
Dave Barry
The Italian character in general is full of animation, and the natives enter into the interests and welfare of the stranger before them with a fervor that forbids all doubt of its sincerity and that is truly surprising.
William Godwin
When it comes to my style, I’m a proper Italian woman of the modern age!
Mariacarla Boscono
The media and their journalists are merely megaphones for stupidity, the verb par excellence.
William C. Brown
I’ve been lucky that even when I was younger, just because of my look or whatever, I was afforded the opportunity or called on to try. ‘Can you do this Hispanic character?’ ‘Can you do this Italian character?’ ‘Can you do this Jewish-American character?’ I just had to develop a facility for their accents.
Tony Shalhoub
If Michelle Obama had stepped out in an outrageously priced jacket by an Italian designer, heads would have rolled. People would have said it was deplorable.
Jeremy Scott
Playing against an Italian team is harder than all the other leagues. The Italians won’t score lots of goals, but they won’t concede many, either.
Paul Pogba
I came out here to do the acting, and then after a year of auditions and not getting anything, I met these Italian guys and they asked me to write lyrics for them. Then they said, “Why don’t you just front the band?” I said, “Well, maybe because I can’t sing. I’ve never sang before in my life.”
Malin Akerman
The Caprese salad perfectly represents the colors of the Italian flag. While I am not so sure that the colors of the flag stem from the cuisine, there is no denying that those colors do evoke a typical Italian plate.
Lidia Bastianich
Italian companies need to re-convert themselves, and such a re-conversion must be toward a better, higher standard.
Brunello Cucinelli
I grew up watching a lot of Italian and French movies, so I want to have that ’70s look, in my dream movie. I want that thing that’s not so much happening now, that’s existentialist.
Ayelet Zurer
We would certainly encourage the Italian government to put forward an ambitious agenda of reform.
Rodrigo Rato
We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics… but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression.
Dario Fo
I’m sorry for Italian football; there’s no desire to improve Italian football.
Massimiliano Allegri
Political parties in Italy are so stupid and expensive that they deserve to be abolished.
William C. Brown
I like to do Italian food on Sunday nights. We’ll either go somewhere, and the whole family will go, or we’ll stay in our apartment and watch a movie and enjoy one of the huge perks of living in New York City, which is that you can have anything delivered.
Betsy Brandt
I’m finishing my Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance history.
Peter Weller
Everybody has different tastes. Some people love Italian food; some don’t.
Dirk Nowitzki
I love Italian food.
Jaleel White
When I first came here, Italian food wasn’t anything I recognized. I didn’t know what Italian American food was; we never ate it at home. It was the food of immigrants who came here and made use of the ingredients they had.
Lidia Bastianich
The experience of being a mixed person is all over the place – one of my best friends is Chinese and Italian; my other best friend is Lebanese and Trinidadian. The mix of heritage, culture or identity is something that our country is built on.
Tracee Ellis Ross
While writing ‘The Orientalist,’ I played a soundtrack that alternated between ragtime and Azeri mugams, Russian operas and German and Italian pop songs from the 1920s and 30s. When I finally finished, I gorged on all my music from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Tom Reiss
I grew up in a food-obsessed Italian family, so food was always front and center in my life. I was a food obsessed person who morphed into a comedian and tried to figure out a way to make fun of my cake and eat it too.
Nadia Giosia
Although I adore the Italian High Renaissance, I’d rather look at Mannerism. The former is ordered, integrated, otherworldly, and grandiose; it leaves you feeling hungry for something flawed and of-the-flesh.
Jerry Saltz
In our conversations, he [Michael Jackson] revealed a surprising understanding of art history. We were going through the finer points of the difference between one Italian sculptor to the next. You know, this – these are things that we don’t necessarily assume of people in sanctified light.
Kehinde Wiley
I always felt like I was kind of an outsider because I didn’t have the right things. I didn’t have a Cadillac. I didn’t have, you know, plastic on my furniture. That was the right way to be if you were Italian.
Leah Remini
If there’s an Italian in the kitchen, let them get on with it.
Tom Fletcher
I have much to learn from my daughter Sofia. Her minimalism exposes my limitations: I’m too instinctive and operatic, I put too much heart into my work, I get lost sometimes in bizarre things – it’s my Italian heritage.
Francis Ford Coppola
I really got the ‘Rhoda’ flavor from studying my stepmother, Angela, who’s Italian, not Jewish. There’s really so little difference between the speech patterns and family attitudes of Jews and Italians in the New York area, anyway.
Valerie Harper
I know from the stories of my grandparents and great-grandparents the real struggles and discrimination that Italian Americans faced when they first immigrated to America.
Tim Ryan
I had a year off, so my wife and I were heading to Italy to study Italian. We found a little house in a village called Atrani. I discovered that Gore Vidal lived right above us in a big house, so I sent him a note.
Jay Parini
People who have not done their research on me do not know that I am European, born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father from Napoli and a mother from Alabama who was singing opera and went to Europe, met my dad, fell in love, and then moved back to Rome, where I was raised, between Rome and Hamburg.
Giancarlo Esposito
I was born and raised in New York, but my family on both sides is of Italian descent.
Aida Turturro
I think it is over-rated. Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant, I never get the tiramisu.
Rob Reiner
The first language that I learned was Italian in Italy in the early and middle-’60s and I had to do that to keep up with the young men who were courting my wife.
Clive James
So here we are, talking about Roman unicycles and alien sandwiches and my sister’s Italian misfortunes, while hanging in between us is: MY EPIC FAILURE TO CARPE. What’s wrong with me?
Laini Taylor
Day-old bread? Sadly, in America a lot of day-old bread just becomes nasty. Italian day-old bread, not having any preservatives in it, just becomes harder and it doesn’t taste old. What I would warn people about is getting bread that’s loaded with other things in it, because it starts to taste old.
Mario Batali
I love listening to pop songs in Spanish and Italian.
Stjepan Hauser
I’ve played Latin, I’ve played Italian. And I’ve played the all-around regular girl. I think the thing about the way I look, is that I can look like many different things. People sometimes ask me if I’m Russian. I don’t think I specifically look like a Puerto Rican or an Italian. Wouldn’t you agree?
Lana Parrilla
And I said to myself, here’s the problem with the world: The Italians are too Italian, and nobody else is Italian enough.
Mary Jo Salter
For me to make lasagna would be a desecration of a great Italian dish. . . . I don’t mess with sacred things.
Mario Cuomo
The Swedish language combines the strong manhood of the German with the delicate beauty of the Italian.
Bayard Taylor
We are offering to the American public a line of delicious Italian-American foods. They will be available through the Internet, shopping networks and national store distribution.
Rocco DiSpirito
When I’m in England, I know I’m a visitor, but being a white man in England with ancestry that’s German and Italian, I have a history with the Romans and the Saxons. I feel some connection and ancestry here, as weird as that sounds.
Nicolas Cage
The U.N. is asking Italy to oversee this effort. And if a government is formed, you’re likely to see up to 5,000 Italian troops maybe go in to provide security and also train a Libyan army.
Tom Bowman
Given that southern Italian pasta-making doesn’t incorporate the richness of egg yolks like they do in the north, even the basic hero of Italian cuisine – pasta – is vegan.
Melissa Leong
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
Ambrose Bierce
The reason why Englishmen are the best husbands in the world is because they want to be faithful. A Frenchman or an Italian will wake up in the morning and wonder what girl he will meet. An Englishman wakes up and wonders what the cricket score is.
Barbara Cartland
There is an Italian proverb which saith, From my enemy let me defend myself; but from a pretensed friend Lord deliver me
Elizabeth I
You try to come up with new ideas, but in the end, people just want to eat Italian food.
Stephen Starr
A comedy that is ironic, sometimes bitter, in some cases even dramatic, tragic: This is what Italian comedy is.
Mario Monicelli
In New York, a Jew is a Jew, an Italian is an Italian, a Muslim is a Muslim: Nobody’s going out of his way to treat you in a special way.
Peter Eisenman
[for indicted foreigners] simple expulsion is not enough (…) they must be arrested immediately, tried using a fast-track procedure, and then expelled to serve their sentences in the countries they came from, (…) it isn’t right that foreign criminals are being housed in our [Italian] jails.
Franco Frattini
The Pope doesn’t get mixed up in Italian politics.
Pope Francis
As you may know, I was raised in an Italian Catholic family in Baltimore, Maryland.
Nancy Pelosi
I’m quite connected to Italy because of Italian Vogue shoots and the Pirelli calendar, so I have a love and appreciation for the culture.
Candice Huffine
A really interesting and happy time was when I first went to Florence as a student and studied Italian. I was living in a pensione on an allowance of ВЈ40 a month, which was princely. I did a lot of work and enjoyed myself immensely.
James Fenton
Balotelli is an asset for Italian football.
Filippo Inzaghi
When I was 15, I decided to take up the sport seriously, so I went down to the Y.M.C.A. My first day there, this little Italian guy beat my brains out. I decided to quit. Then I realized I really wanted to be a fighter. I worked at it, went back, and that little Italian guy didn’t beat me up no more.
Gerry Cooney
I have an upfront, sort of in-the-trenches knowledge of white people’s trying to avoid their whiteness and replace it with something else. When I met my wife, we went through the whole race-slash-ethnicity conversation, and she told me she was Italian. Later on, I find out she’s a quarter Italian, at best.
W. Kamau Bell
Im Jewish and Italian, and I lucked out and got the nose of both cultures.
Chelsea Peretti
An American may speak love with his lips; the Italian must say it with his eyes.
Rudolph Valentino
There is something about giving everything to your profession. In Italian, an obsession is not necessarily negative. Its the art of putting all your energy into one thing; its the art of transforming even what you eat for lunch into architecture.
Renzo Piano
I have won on Honda and Yamaha so maybe it is interesting to win with a third team, Ducati, who are Italian.
Valentino Rossi
I think because both of my parents were essentially salespeople, and Italian-Americans, I always seemed to get along with people; I had a knack of finding something to talk about.
Bob Colacello
Free speech isn’t dead in Germany and Italy, merely the speakers.
Bob Hope
When I go to Colombia or Mexico, I speak Spanish. When I go to Italy, I speak Italian. When I’m in Germany, I speak German. Would I expect them to speak English in these countries? No. I mean, great if they do, but no. Would I be offended if in Spain they say we speak Spanish? No. If I was an immigrant there, no.
Trish Regan
I think what inspires me is in a constant state of flux…it’s easier to stick to photographers and perhaps cinematographers, though the great medieval, Mannerist, and Baroque painters of Italian, Spanish, Flemish, and German origin are a constant source of inspiration, along with select modernists like Dali.
Anton Yelchin
But I’m a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I’m going to make something out of it.
Maynard James Keenan
For all Italian people, family is very important. We don’t fight with our families.
Domenico Dolce
I’ve played some gangster roles, but that’s obviously not me. When you’re an Italian-American New York actor, it’s just an easy way to get cast.
Michael Imperioli
Once you start listening to the comics, be they Jewish, Muslim, Italian, Filipino or whatever, the material often springs from the same source – the overbearing mom, the parents who want you to marry from within your community. That’s why the ‘Ethnic Show’ works so well.
Maz Jobrani
Shevchenko is the best attacker in Europe. He has a great deal of consistency and he just keeps scoring – which in Italian football is very difficult. He is a complete player, someone who can do everything on a football field.
Andriy Shevchenko
With a suit, always wear big British shoes, the ones with large welts. There’s nothing worse than dainty little Italian jobs at the end of the leg line.
David Bowie
I’m very attached to my roots, but I feel Italian more than anything else.
Stephan El Shaarawy
In the Italian kitchen, ingredients are not treated as promising but untutored elements that need to be corrected through long and intricate manipulation and refined by the ultimate polish of a sauce.
Marcella Hazan
If I were not an atheist, I think I would have to be a Catholic because if it wasn’t the forces of natural selection that designed fish, It must have been an Italian.
Douglas Adams
At the first meeting I had with the (Italian) bishops in May 2013, one of the three things I said was: with the Italian government you’re on your own. Because the pope is for everybody and he can’t insert himself in the specific internal politics of a country. This is not the role of the pope, right?
Pope Francis
Nearly all Italian officers speak French.
Hugh Dalton
In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair. It really was funny. I wish I had understood Italian.
Sugar Ray Leonard
There are teams I like a lot like Inter and AC Milan, so I’d think about going to the Italian league.
I love Italian food, such as pasta or lasagna.
Joey Chestnut
I’m Italian, so I absorb other cultures through their food.
Joe Russo
My first really big job was an advertorial for Italian Vogue. I cried on set because I didn’t know what to do. That was two weeks after being in Milan for the very first time. I think I had one or two test shoots there.
Amber Valletta
I did enjoy cooking, I still do really enjoy cooking – I make a nice salmon dish, and I’m a huge meat freak, so I love to bang a few steaks on the grill or pasta. Anything Italian, really.
Luke Pasqualino
Italian husbands, in order to buy their wives a fur coat, spend more than all their European collegues.
Indro Montanelli
What’s the meaning of “giornalista professionista”? I have always thought a professional to be a good prostitute!
William C. Brown
Sonnets are guys writing in English, imitating an Italian song form. It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
Steve Earle
We are Italian. We are all little tribes – not only in fashion, but also in music – in everything, basically.
Riccardo Tisci
They call me the Magic Man because I’m a classy fighter, a master of my craft, a good-looking Italian kid from Brooklyn who came through a dark and gritty life to find something magical.
Paulie Malignaggi
As proud as I am of being Polish-Canadian, sometimes I’m so jealous I wasn’t born Italian.
Antoni Porowski
Italian politicians are too stupid to deserve my vote, but they can get over it with my critical, denunciatory, satirical, vitriolic and vituperative invectives.
William C. Brown
It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
Fredrik Bajer
Italian football is great but for me, for the style of player I am, I found it too tactical, too slow.
Djibril Cisse
There is no phase of the Italian mind that has not found expression in its music.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
My goal is to make Italian food clean and accessible and beautiful and tasty, with simple ingredients that people can find at a local grocery store, because people don’t want to go to a gourmet shop in search of items that will sit in their pantry for years after they use just a teaspoon or pinch of them.
Giada De Laurentiis
An Italian proverb says, In men every mortal sin is venial; in woman every venial sin is mortal. And a German axiom, that There are only two good women in the world: one of them is dead, and the other is not to be found.
George Augustus Henry Sala
My grandma used to plant tomato seedlings in tin cans from tomato sauce & puree & crushed tomatoes she got from the Italian restaurant by her house, but she always soaked the labels off first. I don’t want them to be anxious about the future, she said. It’s not healthy.
Brian Andreas
For an Italian peasant a telegram from anywhere is a wondrous thing; and a cable from the terrestrial paradise of America is not lightly to be disregarded.
Howard K. Smith
I’m totally obsessed with Italian food and Mexican food.
Jennifer Hyman
He was an Italian kid traveling in China, and I’m of Italian decent with a fascination for China. So, I always felt this connection to him and lived vicariously through the travels of Marco Polo.
John Fusco
What’s the advantage to have hundreds of words to define stupidity, when the essence is always the same.
William C. Brown
You can learn Elvish, if you want. It’s a language like Italian and English. You can learn to read it, you can learn to write it, and you can learn to speak it.
Christopher Lee
I love Italy. I always said that some part of me is Italian since I moved to Milano.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
I used to eat Danny Kaye’s food. I had his Chinese and Italian meals, and that was as good as it gets.
Joel Grey
I am driven by ingredients. My Italian heritage and French training inevitably poke through as well, guiding my techniques.
Alex Guarnaschelli
You could not imitate Fellini. His beauty was above anything else, but that intelligence was typically Italian. This helped me to realise that I had to create something that was distinctively Japanese.
Takashi Miike
I’m half Italian, and on my mom’s side, they’ve aged amazingly, and all they’ve put on their faces is olive oil.
Molly Qerim
I used to speak Italian.
I like the Rockabilly look. My background is half Italian, half French. I wear cowboy boots and jeans.
Johnny Iuzzini
I lived on Thompson Street in SoHo for 13 years and I watched it go from a little Italian neighborhood to the Mall Of America. Then the obvious fact that it’s pre-Internet, pre-cell phone. Everyone I think thinks their youth is a more innocent time. I just don’t know.
Greg Mottola
To score four times against an Italian team when you trail 2-0 is a big deal.
Pep Guardiola
Cassano? His talent has never been in question, but his character has. As Italian captain and a big admirer I can only wish him to control his nerves better.
Fabio Cannavaro
My mother is Brazilian, and her grandfather was Italian.
Kaya Scodelario
Nowadays I actually cook Italian-style food more than French heavy sauces. I make a good salad, some great roasted vegetables, grilled fish. Im crazy about L.A. because at the farmers market you find all kinds of wild mushrooms.
Benjamin Millepied
My parents are Italian and British. They live in Berkeley now – we all moved there four years ago.
Claire Forlani
Well, I’m Italian, but my family isn’t stereotypical. I mean, I only have one sister and we don’t yell or throw pasta at each other. My mother doesn’t even have a secret spaghetti sauce recipe.
Jennifer Esposito
I love Europe. I don’t speak a lick of French, but I speak a bit of Italian. I can get through Italy better than I get through the rest of Europe.
Alex O’Loughlin
I am very much the daughter of immigrants. It’s both a point of pride and an essential part of characterizing my upbringing. We spoke Spanish in our house. We listened to Spanish music. All of the TV channels we watched were in Spanish. We ate mostly Italian and Argentinian food.
Diana Taurasi
I have an Italian comedy at the Venice Film Festival.
Robert Englund
I like eating Mughlai, Chinese and Italian cuisines, but Chinese cuisine is one which I can have any day, any time!
Sanjeeda Sheikh
I think Frankie Valli did everything right. He kept singing. And you also have to remember, he was confined to a certain society, which was this sort of like – the wrong side of the law kind of society of Italian guys from the streets of Belleville, New Jersey. So he found his way.
John Lloyd Young
I grew up speaking Spanish and English. My mother can speak Spanish, English, French and Italian, and she’s pretty good at faking Portuguese. I wish that I spoke more languages than I do.
Sebastian Arcelus
I came from an Italian house. The refrigerator was always full. I never knew you had to buy food. I thought there were food fairies that came at night.
Ray Romano
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Benjamin Franklin
I have always said that it is fundamental to have a strong core of Italian players in a club squad. At AC Milan, we had that and we won. The same at Juventus.
Andrea Pirlo
In any city or town, you can find a good, rocking Italian place. The most unhealthy thing on the menu? I’ll have two of those!
Hunter Hayes
The Celtic, Galatian, or Gallic nation received from the common mother endowments different from those of its Italian, Germanic, and Hellenic sisters.
Theodor Mommsen
And with regard to the Italian family we portrayed on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ – Italians and Jews do share two traits: all problems are solved with food, and the mother never leaves you alone.
Philip Rosenthal
I love challenges, and I believe that the challenge of quality cinema should not be underestimated as an important part of the Italian cultural offer.
Lapo Elkann
Communism has failed; capitalism has failed; common sense has failed; now has to fail stupidity.
William C. Brown
I’m bound to fail when I write in Italian, but unlike my sense of failure in the past, this doesn’t torment or grieve me.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Why does the New Italian navy have glass bottom boats? To see the Old Italian Navy!
Henny Youngman
When I am walking in Central Park, I recognize the Italians. Because an Italian, even when he jogs, he’s dressed perfect.
Diego Della Valle
As far as film goes, I enjoy all Hollywood films and all Horror films like The Bride of Frankenstein, which also might be my favorite. I like 60’s and 70’s Italian and Spanish Horror films.
Johnny Ramone
The Italian Language Foundation will continue to support the growth of AP Italian through its grants to AP students, and its professional development opportunities for teachers of Italian.
Margaret Cuomo
My working-class Italian-American parents didn’t go to school, there were no books in the house.
Martin Scorsese
I absolutely love Italian food. So pizza – like a margherita pizza, penne arbiota, a glass of wine. That’s like my dream.
Julianne Hough
I came to think that nobody from England could draw American comic books, because they were clearly all done by this sort of Mafia, all these guys with Italian and Irish names who had the whole thing sewn up. It was actually seeing a comic book drawn by Barry Smith, who was about my age, and English.
Dave Gibbons
Where there is life, there is hope.
Alyson Noel
The classic Italian green sauce, salsa verde, is easy to make and especially nice in the spring when bunches of fresh herbs start appearing in the farmers market or in your garden.
Tom Douglas
I have many, many editions of the books, and they are all rather different. In the end, the one I used was the most recent French translation. French suits the tales well, and it’s a beautiful translation. The Italian one is good as well… English has fallen short.
Marina Warner
I worked the drive-through at McDonald’s and tried out different accents – Italian, Russian, Irish.
James Franco
I grew up in a big Italian family.
Jonathan Bailey
If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.
Sophia Loren
If I start feeling down I’ll gorge myself on pasta. That usually does the trick. It’s the Italian blood in me.
Natalie Imbruglia
Hitler decided that Mussolini must be freed from the Italian Partisans because Benito was his friend and had acted in good faith.
Otto Skorzeny
A fool and his money are soon parted. – Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
Thomas Tusser
I love eating shabu-shabu in Japan – a kind of beef hotpot. But if you’re talking about authentic, traditional food, then Italian cooking is one of the best in the world.
Andrea Bocelli
The Italian word ‘stanza’ means ‘a room’, and a room is a good way to conceive of a stanza. A room, generally speaking, is sufficient for its own purposes, but it does not constitute a house. A stanza has the same sense of containment, without being complete or independent.
James Fenton
And as the Italian proverb says, ‘Revenge is the dish which people of taste prefer to eat cold.’
Robert Hamer
I have this thing for anything Italian.
Alan Taylor
Look to the Premier League. Are there any black managers? Look at the Italian league? Are there any black managers? The list goes on.
Dwight Yorke
A fool and his money are soon invited everywhere.
Warren Buffett
Cain understands domestic issues because he had experience selling pizza; and he understands international issues because pizza is Italian.
Stephen Colbert
The music throbbed in a voice of singular and delicate power; the air was resonant with melody, love and pain. The meanest Italian in the gallery far up beneath the ceiling, the most exalted of the land in the boxes and the stalls, leaned indulgently forward, to be swept by this sweet storm of song.
Gilbert Parker
I am desperately Italian. I believe in the function of Latinity.
Benito Mussolini
You people married to Italian men, you know what it’s like.
Geraldine Ferraro
I’m a first generation American. My mother is Italian and Russian and a lot of other things, and my father is Uruguayan. In fact, my mother’s been married twice, and both men were Uruguayan. So I grew up in a very European/Latin American-influenced home.
Sebastian Arcelus
I began thinking there should be an American phrase book, ’cause I’ve got an Italian phrase book, and an Arabic one… now a British one. I think it’d be pretty good to have an American phrase book.
Joe Strummer
If you’re in the contracting business in this country, you’re suspect. If you’re in the contracting business in New Jersey, you’re indictable. If you’re in the contracting business in New Jersey and are Italian, you’re convicted.
Raymond J. Donovan
When [Julia Marie Pacino] was 5 or 6 years old, we were in an Italian restaurant, and these people came by the table and they would start talking to me, asking me for my autograph and she just went under the table.
Al Pacino
Italian is the language of song. German is good for philosophy and English for poetry. French is best at precision; it has a rigour to it.
Maurice Druon
I speak Italian and a little bit of French. I moved to Trento, Italy, when I was around 10 to learn Italian. I have family there. I’m trying to restart my French. And then I want to get into Mandarin.
Eiza Gonzalez
I love being Italian.
Connie Stevens
Italian style for me is to have a sense of tradition, respect for one’s roots, and a sartorial approach.
Domenico Dolce
I love a challenge. So when I did ‘Friday,’ I didn’t want to do another comedy back-to-back. With ‘Set It Off,’ that was a little different from ‘The Negotiator’ and ‘The Italian Job.’ So for me, it’s all about challenge. It’s all about challenge and about just learning.
F. Gary Gray
I built RPM Italian, a restaurant I frequent as much as I can, because that is what people from Chicago do. They build things.
Bill Rancic
Coming from immigrant Italian people, the one thing you do is work hard.
Frank Grillo