9 Pasta Names You're Probably Mispronouncing
There’s you, a delicious bottle of red and a menu full of more pasta options than you ever could have imagined. The waiter saunters over to take your order and, cool as a cucumber, you say: “I’ll have the orecchiette, grazi.” Except reality awkwardly hits in that moment, and you butcher every syllable of that pasta pronunciation, finally caving and asking the waiter for help. Here, a guide to help you avoid all that.
The Wrong Way: Few-silly
The Right Way: Foo-zeel-ee
The spiral shape really holds onto the Parmesan cheese.
The Wrong Way: Or-reh-shetty
The Right Way: Or-ay-key-et-ay
This ear-shaped pasta is perfect with pesto.
The Wrong Way: Tag-lie-ah-tell
The Right Way: Tah-leah-tell-ah
A flat or cylindrical noodle, typically found drowning in Bolognese sauce.
The Wrong Way: Buck-a-tiny
The Right Way: Boo-cah-teen-ee
It walks and talks like spaghetti but is hollow—and slightly thicker.
The Wrong Way: Pen-ay
The Right Way: Peh-neh
This ridged pasta really works overtime to absorb the sauce.
The Wrong Way: Pepper-del
The Right Way: Pa-par-day-lay
It’s tagliatelle’s slightly bulkier cousin.
The Wrong Way: Feta-cheen
The Right Way: Fay-tuh-chee-knee
It’s all about the creamy sauce.
The Wrong Way: Far-fall
The Right Way: Far-fall-ay
Bow-tie pasta is the cutest.
The Wrong Way: Guh-no-chee
The Right Way: Neh-yo-key
Think of it as little pasta pillows. Yum.