That's Amore! Food + Love = Italian-American 1953 Hit!

Dean Martin's 1953 Classic - That's Amore!
Dean Martin's 1953 Classic - That's Amore!
 Buongiorno miei amata amici!

Remember in the movie "The Caddy" when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis sang "That's Amore?"  Later the 1953 version of this classic sang by Dean Martin became the opening theme song for Moonstruck (2007) starring Cher, Danny Aiello, and Nicholas Cage. This has become a well-known wedding song at Italian-American weddings all over the US.

As a good Italian-American, I am teaching this song to my children. Chef Bretto is making homemade pizzas for us probably tonight and we will be singing this song as we prepare the canvas for his masterpiece!

In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here's what they say


When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore


Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella


When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
That's amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love


When you walk down in a dream but you know you're not
Dreaming signore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That's amore



11 comments:

  1. This song is so cheesy, but yet I still love it. My fondest memory of this song is my dad in the kitchen singing this song while we were making dinner! whenever I hear it I think about my dad

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  2. That is a great song to share with your kids. Everyone joins in and sings along whenever it is played. I might teach it to my teens, but first they need to know the right way to eat spaghetti! (yes I read that post too)

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  3. Hi Meredith!
    Oh my goodness, that is so sweet! I love it!!! What a very precious memory.

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  4. Hi Lissa!

    LOL! I love the comment about eating spaghetti! Hee hee! It does make it easier if one uses a pasta bowl to twirl it. :)

    I love singing this song in the kitchen, especially when we make pizza!

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  5. that's great you're sharing this with your kids. What a lovely song.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  6. Thanks for this inspiration... it's a good reminder that I need to be teaching my kids the songs of my past. Music matters!

    -Heidi

    frolickingferrets at gmail dot com

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  7. Hi Shooting Stars Mag!

    Sometimes they enjoy my zany ideas, other times...not so much! However, I always have fun singing it anyhow! :)

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  8. Hi Heidi:

    It seems like our kids don't learn all the classics like we once did, unless we take the time to teach them. There are so many, so I suppose we have to pick and choose. :)

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  9. i love this song. my mom used to always walk around singing it :)

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  10. my husbands mother loves to play the piano and sing this. i woke up at her house the first time thinking dean martin was playing on the stereo until her sweet italian voice trilled forth and blew me away.i fell in love with my husband for his singing he came to it through her love of music as well.mr. martin had her as a pianist in some of his local stuff there in bell gardens in the 1950's. he was blessed.

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  11. I love his songs. But there's just something about this song that is classic! But it reminds me of when I use to work at the Olive Garden. They played it there quite a bit.

    sarabeth1117(at)gmail(dot)com

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