Italian sayings: buona visione, buona degustazione, e buon weekend

It’s been a busy week here at Do Bianchi.

The other night I spoke about Fellini’s Notti di Cabiria and my semiotic approach to Fellinian wine pairing (semiotic or “Econian” as Vintuition pointed out) at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin.

I wish the weekend at home with Tracie P were in the cards for me but — ahimè, alas — today I’m heading to Atlanta where I’ll be leading two wine tastings and seminars tomorrow at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

It’s been a long week and it’s going to be even longer. And as I head off to another working Saturday, I’ll wish you all a buon weekend (a great weekend) with a list of Italian optatives… (Briciole and Avvinare, which ones am I missing?)

Work/Study

Buon lavoro = may your work be fruitful.
Buona lettura = enjoy your reading.
Buona lezione = may the lecture/class be fruitful.
Buon seminario = may the seminar/class be fruitful.
Buono studio = may your study be fruitful.

Senses

Buon appetito = enjoy your food.
Buon ascolto = enjoy the music [listening].
Buona degustazione = enjoy the tasting.
Buona spaghettata = enjoy your spaghetti [pasta].
Buona visione = enjoy the movie.

Travel/Recreation

Buona continuazione = enjoy the rest of your day/activity.
Buona domenica = enjoy your day of rest [the day of the Lord].
Buone feste = happy holidays.
Buon fine settimana [buon weekend] = have a great weekend.
Buona permanenza = enjoy your stay.
Buon proseguimento = enjoy the rest of your stay/activity.
Buone vacanze = enjoy your vacation.
Buon viaggio = have a safe trip.
Buon volo = have a safe flight.
Buon weekend [buon fine settimana] = have a great weekend.

Health/Rest

Buona guarigione = I wish you a speedy recovery.
Buon riposo = sleep well [get well soon].

Greetings/Salutation

Buona giornata = have a great day.
Buon giorno = good day [greetings].
Buona notte = good night [good-bye].
Buon pomeriggio = good afternoon [greetings].
Buona sera = good evening [greetings].
Buona serata = have a great evening.

6 Responses to Italian sayings: buona visione, buona degustazione, e buon weekend

  1. Simona says:

    We are going to miss each other by a week in Atlanta: we’ll be there a week from today. I’d add a few words about in bocca al lupo versus buona fortuna.

  2. Susannah says:

    Nice post Jeremy. I’d add:

    Tante belle cose = May all good things come your way.
    Stammi bene = Be well
    Alla prossima = See you next time
    Tanto di cappello = Good job, well done.

    What a beautiful language in tutte le salse (in all ways.
    -Avvinare

  3. mart says:

    Amai, what about buon divertimento?

  4. Do Bianchi says:

    @Simona sorry we missed each other in Atlanta! What are you going there for? I’ll have to write a post on in bocca al lupo vs. in culo alla balena. ;)

    @Susannah in tutte le salse… what a great expression!

    @mart I missed that one! thanks for adding it! :)

  5. Simona says:

    A visit to my father-in-law. Buon divertimento, of course. I am looking forward to your post on in bocca al lupo ;)

  6. Do Bianchi says:

    @Simona do you know the Placida Signora’s blog: http://www.placidasignora.com/ ?

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