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Polite Italian expression
|Meaning||enjoy your meal|
|Pronunciation||[bwo nah peh tee toh]|
|IPA||[bwo na pɛ ti to]|
Usage notes: In Italy, it’s traditional to say buon appetito when eating is about to commence, such as when you’re with friends. In response, the recipient of these good wishes typically says grazie (thank you), followed by
- altrettanto (likewise)
- anche a te / anche a voi (same to you)
Related expression (for kids)
- Buon appetito, piatto pulito! – Good appetite, clean plate!
It’s also common for waiters to wish their customers Buon appetito!, in which case responding just Grazie is sufficient.
- Buon pranzo – Enjoy your lunch
- Buona cena – Enjoy your dinner