Words: Jack Brooks; Music: Harry Warren (1952)

Lyrics

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 pasta fazool –
That’s Amore.
When you dance down the street
With a cloud at your feet,
You’re in love.

When you walk in a dream,
But you know you’re not dreaming, Signore,
‘Scusa me,
But, you see,
Back in old Napoli –
That’s Amore!

Background

“That’s Amore” became a major hit, signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. It received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and remains widely known today. Amore (pronounced ah-MOR-eh) means “love” in Italian.

Performances

Here is the immortal Dean Martin with his signature song:

And here is a more Italian-flavored studio version: