Top Mispronounced

These are the topmost commonly mispronounced Italian words that I’ve come across.

#1: Gnocchi

#2: Bruschetta

#3: Taleggio

#4: Formaggio

#5: Pistacchio

#6: Spaghetti

#7: Cannelloni

#8: Calzone

#9: Mascarpone

#10: Linguine

12 thoughts on “Top Mispronounced”

  1. My brother once got into trouble for correcting his Italian teacher's pronounciation of 'cipolla'. The teacher kept insisting it was Ci-polla, not Cipol-la.

    What makes this worse is that the teacher's mother came from the same region as my dad!

  2. I cringe whenever I hear BROOSHETTA instead of BROOSKETTA (pr only!) especially in restaurants.

    1. You’re telling me Susie! The best part is how they say it with such confidence and flair like its authentic. Porca Miseria!

    2. I’ve had my proper pronunciation of bruschetta “corrected” by servers here in the US. Annoying!

  3. Is that your voice on the examples, Paolo? I just found your website, and I love it. I’m the guy who tells his friends – before going out to a new Italian restaurant, “OK, I’ll go, but I’m telling you now that if the adjectives on the menu don’t agree with the nouns, there’s going to be trouble!”

    1. Yes, it’s my voice, this was a precursor to my podcast, I guess 🙂

      Completely agree with you! Loved your comment – thanks for stopping by!

  4. The hairs on the back of my neck stick straight up whenever I hear gnocchi pronounced “no key”!!!! Who came up with that??!!! YIKES!!!

  5. I am so glad I saw this. My dad used to drive me crazy when he would say (or correct everyone) mozzarella. The funny part is we’re Mexican/American. I would always ask him how did he know he was saying is correctly.

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