Bread | Pane

Bland mix of flour, water and a sprinkle of salt. Put it in the oven, though, and it smells like heaven.
Etymology: bread in Italian comes from Latin panis.

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Il pane
The bread


Adjectives for bread in Italian

Bread can be…

fatto in casa or casereccio
home-made

ammuffito
mouldy

raffermo or stantio
stale

fresco or appena sfornato
freshly baked

croccante
crusty

tostato or abbrustolito
toasted

integrale
wholegrain

morbido
soft

nero
black

bianco
white

multicereale
multigrain

azzimo
unleavened

a fette
sliced

duro
hard

fragrante
fragrant

secco
dry

gratuggiato
grated

tradizionale
traditional

Dicono che il pane bianco faccia male.
It is said that white bread is not good for your health.

Puoi andare al supermercato e comprare una confezione di pane a fette?
Can you go to the supermarket and buy a package of sliced bread?

And lastly, in the Lord’s Prayer it can be…

Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano
Give us each day our daily bread
Literally: Give us today our daily bread

pane abbrustolito - toasted bread - bread in italian collocations
Pane abbrustolito
Toasted bread

Verbs for bread in Italian

You can…

infornare or cuocere
bake

fare
make

affettare
slice

spezzare
split

tostare or abbrustolire
toast

imburrare
butter

fare lievitare
leaven

impastare
knead

sbriciolare
crumble

tagliare
cut

bruciare
burn

Taglia il pane e mettilo in tavola, per favore.
Please cut the bread and put it on the table.

Oh no, ho fatto bruciare il pane!
Oh no, I let the bread burn!

Fabio spezza il pane con le dita.
Fabio splits the bread with his fingers.

Sbocconcellare il pane
To nibble at the bread


Other collocations for cookie in Italian

Fetta di pane
Slice of bread

Briciola di pane
Crumb of bread

Tozzo di pane
Chunk of bread

Pezzo di pane
Piece of bread

Boccone di pane
Morsel of bread

Filone di pane
Leaf of bread

Micca di pane
Leaf of bread

Pane alle olive
Bread with olives (inside)

Pane, burro e marmellata
Bread, butter and jam

Mollica di pane
The soft inside the bread

pane croccante - crusty bread - bread in italian collocations
Pane croccante
Crusty bread

Common sayings with bread in Italian

Mettere a pane e acqua
To give someone only bread and water to eat
Meaning: To punish someone harshly

Rendere pan per focaccia
To give flatbread in exchange for bread
Meaning: To get even

Buono come il pane
As good as bread
Meaning: A very honest and kind person

Trovare pane per i propri denti
To find bread for your teeth
Meaning: To come across a challenge


Usage examples of bread in Italian

Sono andato al negozio a comprare una micca di pane.
I went to the store to buy a leaf of bread.

Il panettiere ha bruciato il pane.
The baker burned the bread.

Puoi tagliare il pane e metterlo in tavola?
Can you slice the bread and put it on the table?

Il pane alle noci è il mio preferito.
Nut bread is my favorite.

Metti sul davanzale il pane che si è avanzato: lo mangeranno gli uccellini.
Put the left over bread on the windowsill: birds will eat it.


What next?

Click here to go to the bread collocations interactive exercises!

Now that you’ve seen the most common collocations for bread in Italian, you might want to keep learning Italian online with these free Italian resources:

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