In English, one might say "Best Dad" or "Number one Dad". What is the Italian equivalence (or better yet, a saying) of this meaning?

Something that can be stated regarding a father other than one's own father.

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    Welcome to Italian.SE, @Pamela! – Charo Dec 20 '15 at 15:31

I'd say:

  • Il migliore dei papà.


  • Il numero uno dei papà.
  • Thanks, I like "Il migliore dei papà"; however, do you know of any shorter way of writing/saying the same thing? – Pamela Dec 21 '15 at 0:14
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    Not that I think of, but the two English expressions would be easily understood in Italy I guess. – Gio Dec 21 '15 at 7:54
  • Written, would "#1 Papà" also be correct? – Pamela Dec 21 '15 at 15:23
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    No, sounds like ; one dad. – Gio Dec 21 '15 at 15:30
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    @Pamela The Italian equivalent on "#1 dad" is "Papà n. 1" or "Babbo n° 1". – Agostino Jan 8 '16 at 12:29

These ones sound slightly more idiomatic to me: il papà migliore del mondo, il papà più bravo del mondo. But I must say that this expression is not common in Italian.


I would suggest "Un padre ideale" (Il Tempo.it 9.3.2013: «Il padre ideale? Vero e sincero con i suoi difetti») (and: Biblioteca digitale di psicanalisi - Il Padre Ideale). If he is ideal, he must be the best.

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