Italian Phrase Enamel Bowls


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Ridi ridi che la mamma ha fatto gli gnocchi
Nessuno cucina come la mamma
L’amore passa, la fame no
Ho ancora fame
L’appetito vien mangiando
L’ingrediente segreto è l’amore
***Please note that some phrases are on backorder and are expected to ship mid to late October.

Make room for seconds.

In Italy, this style of piatto fondo (deep plate) was found in countryside homes and used for every course since the 1800s. Today, you’ll still find this kind of plate in every Italian kitchen. This collection is affectionately known as A Pranzo dalla Nonna – “Lunch at Nonna’s” – because that’s exactly how your grandmother would dish out multiple servings of fresh handmade pasta during a big Sunday lunch.


Choose from six hand-painted Italian phrases:

  • Nessuno cucina come la mamma – Nobody cooks like mom
  • Ridi ridi che la mamma ha fatto gli gnocchi – An ironic expression, meaning “Laugh, laugh, because mom made gnocchi…” (or in English, “Go ahead, keep laughing!”)
  • L’appetito vien mangiando – a traditional Italian saying, meaning “Eating awakens the appetite”
  • L’ingrediente segreto è l’amore – The secret ingredient is love
  • Ho ancora fame – I’m still hungry!
  • L’amore passa, la fame no – Love fades, hunger doesn’t

What to know:

  • Enamelware made in Slovenia, then custom hand-painted in Italy
  • Handwash very gently! Only warm water, no abrasive sponges or sharp tools. The painted phrases are not glazed.
  • Never put in the microwave or dishwasher
Weight 7.8 oz
Dimensions 8.67 × 1.57 in



Enamelware with hand-painted phrases.

Care Instructions

These dishes can get hot! Handle with care when serving your soups or pasta in brodo. To keep your dishes in good shape, hand wash in cold water with a non-abrasive sponge and gentle dish detergent. Note: the hand-painted phrases are heat-treated but not glazed. Abrasive sponges and sharp knives will scratch the hand-painted decoration. To protect the hand-painted designs, dishwasher cleaning is also not recommended. Nota bene: never put your enamel bowls in the microwave.

About the Producer

Based in the Northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Alt Means Old is dedicated to sourcing vintage Italian housewares that capture the traditional, rare, and thoughtful ways of living before they are lost.

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Leah B.

Exactly what I wanted them to be and more. They are tin so they hold the heat of the pasta as beautifully as they display it. Perfect size. Pretty enough to display but too good not to use!

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So adorable! And the perfect size for pasta too. I love how lightweight the bowls are, and even though they can't go in the dishwasher, it's really easy to clean them with warm, soapy water.

Alexis V.
The cutest piece of Italy in my kitchen

My Italian phrase bowl makes me almost as happy as the pasta I put in it! It’s perfect. I want them all.

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Love these bowls!

Beautiful and lightweight. Reminds me of my family history in Puglia! These make a great gift too.

Jennifer O.
Very beautiful, but lighter than expected.

I haven’t used the plates yet- they’ll be for my new house. They are very beautiful, as described, hand painted and delicate. My only thought was that they weren’t as heavy as I imagined them to be. But hopefully they will be just fine when filled with something delicious.