I believe that when someone says you are a buona forchetta you should take it as a compliment. In the end, why wouldn’t you?
To be a buona forchetta (boo-oh-nah for-kai-tah) doesn’t simply mean to be a good eater, it means to really enjoy food. The expression itself, which literally means “being a good fork,” brings to mind — at least in me — images of Alberto Sordi twisting his spaghetti while wearing a baseball cap in Un Americano a Roma. Look at the pleasure in his eyes while he gets that first mouthful of pasta! Look at the smile on his face!
Being a buona forchetta is not the equivalent of eating anything and everything: it means liking food because it brings joy.
Mi piace mangiare fuori con te, perché sei una buona forchetta, “I like eating out with you, because you’re a good eater (end enjoy food a lot).” A buona forchetta likes to experiment with flavors and ingredients, enjoys different cuisines and is the perfect person to invite for dinner when you decide to try making something experimental: they are going to say yes, because what’s not to like in trying new food?
When a person is a buona forchetta, they put a smile on your face, always, because looking at them eating just brings allegria.
A real buona forchetta enjoys all little pleasures of life and sees the glass always half full. If it’s a good Barolo, even better.
Prepara quello vuoi per cena. Sai che sono una buona forchetta!
You can make what you want for dinner. You know I am a good eater!
Se non è una buona forchetta, non lo voglio conoscere!
If he doesn’t enjoy eating, I don’t want to meet him!
Mangi solo insalate, o sei una buona forchetta?
Are you a “salads only” type or do you enjoy eating everything ?