When I was in high school, I worked at an old-school, authentic Italian restaurant.
Normally, waitresses are supposed to be pretty knowledgeable about the food they're serving.
But somehow, I managed to finagle my way through two rounds of interviews and get the job without ever having to say the name of a single dish -- and thank goodness because I basically had no idea how to say anything on the damn menu.
Seriously, it was so bad I couldn't even pronounce the name of the restaurant, let alone tell someone what the hell "carpaccio" was.
Unfortunately, not much has changed since then.
I still find myself adding random "Ts" into words like "motz-zer-ella," and I've resorted to ordering "penne Pomodoro" on every dinner date because it's the only Italian thing I know how to pronounce without sounding like an illiterate, uncultured a-hole.
At some point I think we've all been guilty of pointing to an entreé on the menu as we give the waiter a look of desperation that silently screams, "Please save me from butchering this word and embarrassing the sh*t out of myself!".
If you ask me, it's about time we actually learn how to pronounce the things we eat.
So we've created a handy pronunciation guide to finally teach you how to say all of your favorite Italian dishes like an OG foodie from the mother country. Bon appétit!