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Thank you card Salutation to an Italian priest

I would like to express Dear Father Rossi. But I do not want to use the word Caro. Is this correct? Egregio Padre Rossi,
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Signing a card or letter using “famiglia”

When signing a card or letter, is it "Famiglia & Surname" or "La famiglia & Surname"? Maybe my question was not clear enough. My question is which form is correct: Famiglia Niccoli ...
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Salami and Cheese — pun on a greeting formula

Somebody once told me about this pun. What is it, and what's the original formula? PS: A preliminary web search only finds food blogs, and I don't know at the moment how to refine the search. Grazie ...
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Do Italians close a conversation with some kind of salute?

I am wondering whether it is polite or typical for an Italian person to say 'bye' or 'ciao' at the end of a phone call or when they leave the house. I know an Italian who never signs-off on a phone ...
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Proper form of addressing ecclesiastics in writing?

What is the proper form of addressing ecclesiastics (bishops, cardinals, superiors, sisters, et al.) when writing letters in Italian? How should such a letter be concluded?
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Should I greet ciao or buongiorno when greeted by buongiorno?

I'm now in Italy and found that a clerk sometimes use buongiorno when I entered the bar. I always use ciao when I greet, but I wonder whether it is OK to greet by ciao or should use buongiorno when I ...