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The Italian Dinner and il Quiz Italiano (and the Answers!)

7th September 2020

Last Saturday members gathered for una bella serata Italian evening with a delizioso three course dinner.

Following the meal, members had opportunity to test their knowledge of the birthplace of la dolce vita with a five-part quiz and the winners went home with some home-made riccarelle biscuits.

Five sections: Generale, Cultura, Geografia, Storia and Cibo.

Five questions in each section plus a bonus = 30 points maximum.

See below the answers here for you to check how well you know the country fondly known as The Boot!

Grazie for your participation!

A la prossima!

One mark per answer and an additional mark for the bonus question. Maximum 30!


  1. What is the difference in meaning between Buona Notte, Buona Sera and Buongiorno? Good night, Good Evening and Good Morning/day
  2. What are the three colours of the Italian flag? Green, White and Red
  3. What does the phrase ‘bella figura’mean? Look good/smart/good impression/ beautiful figure/good impression
  4. With what are Italian students “crowned” on graduation day? A laurel wreath
  5. Where was the Bellini cocktail famously created? Harry’s Bar in Venice

Bonus – name the two main ingredients. Prosecco and peach purée

Secondo - CULTURA

  1. Name the Sicilian detective in the television series based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri. Inspector Montalbano
  2. Which city is home to the Italian car maker FIAT and featured in the film ‘The Italian Job’? Turin
  3. Which Italian composer wrote ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’? The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  4. Which Leonardo da Vinci painting is in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan? The Last Supper
  5. What is the location of the film ‘La Dolce Vita’? Rome

Bonus - who directed the film? Federico Fellini


  1. What is Italy fondly nicknamed (due to its shape)? The Boot
  2. What is the name of the principal public square of Venice? St Mark’s Square/ Piazza San Marco
  3. Which straits separate the south of Italy and Sicily? Strait of Messina
  4. Which Italian city was the first capital of united Italy? Florence
  5. What is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome? Trevi Fountain/Fontana di Trevi

Bonus - what is it said to be lucky to do at this fountain to ensure a return to Rome? To throw a coin in your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain

Quarto - STORIA

  1. Which Italian is often credited as the inventor of radio, and shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics? Guglielmo Marconi
  2. Which important family sponsored the majority of Florentine art during the Renaissance Period? Medici family
  3. Which Italian university, founded in 1088, is the oldest in Europe? University of Bologna
  4. In what year were the Italian kingdoms and city states unified into a single country? 17 March 1861
  5. What did the Treaty of Rome signed in March 1957 herald the creation of? The European Economic Community

Bonus – name the six countries that signed it. Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany

Quinto - CIBO

  1. What is the main ingredient of gnocci? Potato
  2. What shape is fusili pasta? Spiral
  3. Which Italian pudding translates as ‘pick me up’? Tiramisu
  4. Focaccia is a type of what? Bread
  5. What are the two main toppings on a Pizza Margherita? Cheese and tomato

Bonus – which city is the birthplace of pizza? Naples/Napoli

Quanto in tutto?

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