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|Italian term or phrase:||"salotto buono"|
|English translation:||elite clutch of industrial, financial, and political power brokers that have controlled Italian industry since the war|
|Entered by:|| Linda 969||Options:|
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|Italian term or phrase: "salotto buono"|
|Appears in an article on estate agents and newpaper coverage thereof.|
I giornail sono pieni di polemiche sugli immobiliaristi. Gli uni contro gli altri, anche. I vecchi (quelli del cosidetto "Salotto buono") contro i nuovi. There are lots of references to "salotto buono" on the net but I can't quite think of the English equivalent.
|*salotto buono*, the elite clutch of established power brokers|
This is how the BBC and Business Week define the *salotto buono*:
Mr Agnelli made his career snugly within the "salotto buono", the well-heeled clique of bankers, industrialists and politicians that still dominate Italian economic life
An outsider to Italy's salotto buono, the elite clutch of industrial, financial, and political power brokers that have controlled Italian industry since the war, Zaleski, 68, is more entrepreneur than raider
I think either solution can be easily adapted to yr context
The FT translates it literally:
What used to be called the salotto buono,the "good drawing room" of Italian business, is fast becoming an ill-mannered saloon bar, with old and new members ...
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|Thanks to you both - I could have used either answer but thought this was slightly more appropriate for the context.|
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Old boys club
"Salotto buono" refers to the old idea of a closed club of refined gentlemen dicussing business over brandy and cigars. Today it is used to refer to an elite bourgeoisie who meet informally to discuss business and other matters of common concern.