I don't like correcting adults, especially those in my family.
But when dining with an aunt at a new Italian restaurant in Phoenix, she asked what bruschetta was, pronouncing it “broo-shet-ah.” I explained to her what it was and that it was pronounced “broo-sket-ah.”
Along comes the waitress to take our order and my aunt likes the idea of the toasted bread appetizer and orders it, pronouncing it as I told her. The waitress replies, “OK, one ‘broo-sket-ah for the lady…”
My aunt looks slightly hurt and confused. Not only did the waitress correct her, erroneously pronouncing bruschetta, but now my own food knowledge was being called into question. I decided not to debate the matter and promptly ordered another glass of wine.
Still, the pronunciation of bruschetta is one of my culinary pet peeves. I am reminded of it today when I read a list of the 10 commonly mispronounced food items compiled by Eat24, the online delivery and takeout website and mobile service. Bruschetta topped the list of mispronounced food items.
Another one, not on Eat24’s list is mascarpone. It doesn’t look like a hard word to pronounce but trust me, a majority of people – even foodies – pronounce it “MAR-sca-pone,” transposing the S and the R. Drives me crazy.
What are some mispronunciations you encounter when dining out?