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GLOSSARY AND PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

CHEESES

FORMAGGIO –ITALIAN WORD FOR CHEESE

PARMIGIANO –HARD GRANULAR CHEESE MADE FROM COW'S MILK

MOZZARELLA – FRESH CHEESE MADE FROM BUFFALO OR COW'S MILK

BURRATA – FRESH CHEESE MADE FROM MOZZARELLA AND CREAM

FONTINA – PUNGENT CHEESE WITH AN INTENSE FLAVOR

GORGONZOLA –ITALIAN BLUE CHEESE

PECORINO – CHEESE MADE FROM SHEEP'S MILK

RICOTTA – CHEESE MADE FROM MILK WHEY AFTER THE PRODUCTION 

RICOTTA SALATA – RICOTTA PRESSED, SALTED, AND DRIED

SOTTOCENERE – CREAMY CHEESE MADE FROM COW'S MILK AND AGED IN TRUFFLES

MASCARPONE – ITALIAN CREAM CHEESE,  SLIGHTLY SWEET, OFTEN USED IN DESSERTS

 

MEATS

PROSCIUTTO – DRY CURED HAM THINLY SLICED AND SERVED RAW

COPPA – DRY CURED PORK SHOULDER OR NECK 

PANCETTA – ITALIAN BACON MADE FROM PORK BELLY THAT IS SALT CURED AND CONTAINS PEPPERCORNS

FIAMA SAUSAGE – SPICY ARTISAN SAUSAGE

SOPRESSA –DRY SALAMI

SPECK – CURED HAM SIMILAR TO PROSCIUTTO

FRITTO MISTO – FRIED MIXED SEAFOOD

TAGLIATA – SLICED STEAK OVER ARUGALA WITH SHAVED PARMAGIANO AND LEMON

 

PASTA

PAPPARDELLE – LARGE, VERY BROAD FLAT NOODLES

TAGLIATELLE – LONG, FLAT, RIBBON LIKE NOODLES

BUCATINI – THICK SPAGHETTI LIKE PASTA WITH A HOLE IN THE CENTER

SPAGHETTI – LONG THIN CYLINDRICAL PASTA

GIGLI – PASTA SHAPED LIKE LITTLE BELLS

GARGANELLI – PASTA MADE BY ROLLING FLAT, SQUARE NOODLES INTO A TUBULAR SHAPE

AGNOLITTI – RAVIOLI LIKE PASTA FILLED AND PINCHED

FIORI – FLOWER SHAPED PASTA

 

VEGETABLES

SAN MARZANO - VARIETY OF PLUM TOMATOES, CONSIDERED THE BEST FOR SAUCES

RAPINI – GREEN CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLE SIMILAR TO BROCCOLI

RADDICHIO –LEAFY VEGETABLE WITH A SPICY BITTER TASTE

ARUGALA – DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE WITH A PEPPERY TASTE

LEEKS – VEGETABLE IN THE ONION FAMILY WITH A MILD TASTE

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – GROWN FROM HEIRLOOM SEEDS AND CAREFULLY CULTIVATED

FENNEL – A BULB VEGETABLE WITH A MILD LICORICE FLAVOR

CREMINI – TYPE OF WHITE MUSHROOM

PORCINI – TYPE OF BROWN MUSHROOM

SORREL – GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE

CALABRIAN CHILES – SPICY CHILES FROM THE CALABRIA REGION

 

DESSERTS

PANNA COTTA –CREAMY DESSERT MADE FROM MILK

TIRAMISU – DESSERT MADE WITH SPONGE CAKE, MASCARPONE, COCOA AND COFFEE

BISCOTTI – ItTALIAN HARD COOKIES

 

MISC

 

SALSA VERDE – ITALIAN SAUCE MADE FROM LEMON PARSELY AND EVOO

AGRODOLCE – ITALIAN SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE

EVOO –EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

BALSAMIC VINEGAR – DARK VINEGAR FROM MODERNA IN ITALY

CROSTINI – TOASTED BREAD WITH A VARIETY OF TOPPINGS

BRODO – BROTH

RAGU - SAUCE

 

Italian Pronunciation

Vowels

A – LIKE "A" IN FATHER

E - LIKE "AI"IN FAIR

I – LIKE "EA" IN TEA

O – LIKE "O" IN COZY

U – LIKE "U" IN RUDE

 

Consonants

C – BEFORE "I" OR "E", LIKE "CH" IN CHIMNEY

C – BEFORE "A" "O" OR "U" LIKE "K" IN KALE

Ch – LIKE "K" IN KATIE

G – BEFORE "E" OR "I" LIKE THE "G" IN GENERAL

G – BEFORE "A" "O" OR "U" LIKE THE "G" IN GABBY

Gli – LIKE "LL" IN MILLION

Gn – LIKE THE "NY" IN CANYON

 

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