Update, 311217: My friend Valerio says his Peruvian friend Ari says the Spanish have the same phrase: meter el pico / "put the beak".
Maybe the link between the Italian and Spanish is the fact that they're both Romance languages.
Romance | rə(ʊ)ˈmans, ˈrəʊmans |
adjective: relating to or denoting the group of Indo-European languages descended from Latin, principally French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Occitan, and Romanian: the Romance languages.
[mass noun] the Romance languages considered as a group.
ORIGIN: Middle English (originally denoting the vernacular language of France as opposed to Latin): from Old French romanz, based on Latin Romanicus ‘Roman’.