Forget the classic “Buongiorno” and “Pizza”, in order to impress Italians with your language skills you have to hit them right in their (regional) feels.
Italy has more than 30 languages or dialects, spoken from the mountainous northern regions to the southernmost tip of the boot. This results in many different slang words, some commonly used by the majority of the population, some more limited to a specific region.
I was born and raised in a small coastal town not too far from Rome and I have little to no accent. Of course, I can decide whether to use it or not based on the situation, but if I go three hours south to Naples, I can barely understand people because they actually use a dialect.
Here are some of the most popular sayings, so put down your breadstick from Olive Garden and read this mini guide of Italian slang.