Meaning of PASTICCIO in Italian

Pasticcio in Italian

Pasticcio refers to a mess or a mishmash. It can be used to describe a situation, a task, or something disorganized and chaotic. Pasticcio is also a kind of savory pie or casserole. It’s very common in the expression che pasticcio!, “what a mess”.

OriginFrom the Italian word pasta; until a few centuries ago, it used to refer to a kind of beef meat pie

Mess, mishmash

Pasticcio in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, pasticcio has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un pasticcio
A mess

Dei pasticci
Some mess

Il pasticcio
The mess

I pasticci
The mess

spoiled food

Pasticcio in Italian: Examples

Enrico si è cacciato nei pasticci con una gang di teppisti.
Enrico got into trouble with a gang of thugs.

Leonardo combina spesso pasticci.
Leonardo often messes up.

Chi ha combinato quel pasticcio in cucina?
Who made that mess in the kitchen?

messy kid eating

Pasticciare as a verb means “to mess up”, “to handle something clumsily”.

A mio figlio piace pasticciare la tavola con gli spaghetti.
My son likes to mess the table with noodles.

You can also find the word pasticcione, used to describe someone messy, clumsy, or prone to making mistakes.

Quel pasticcione di mio cugino ha rovinato il forno cercando di ripararlo da solo.
My messy cousin ruined the oven trying to fix it himself.

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