Tricky food name aglio olio
Drop the “g” sound the next time you order this Italian favourite.

They may be common foods but can be tricky to pronounce. And you’ve probably been mispronouncing some of them for most of your life – blame the spelling. But with our guide, you’ll not be making any further food faux pas.

1 Açai (“ah-sigh-ee”)

2 Agave (“ah-GAH-vee”; “ah-GAH-vay”)

3 Aglio e olio (“AH-lyoh ay AW-lyoh”)

4 Aïoli (“ay-OH-lee”; “i-OH-lee”)

5 Anise (“AN-ihss”)

6 Arancini (“are-ahn-chee-nee”)

7 Au jus (“oh-ZHOO”)

8 Boeuf Bourguinon (“BEUF boor-gee-NYON”)

9 Bouillabaisse (“BOOL-yuh-BAYZ”; “BOOL-yuh-BEHZ”)


Tricky food name bruschetta
Another commonly mispronounced word, bruschetta is an Italian grilled bread starter.


10 Bruschetta (“broo-SKEH-tah”)

11 Caramel (“KEHR-ah-mehl”; “KAR-ah-mehl”)

12 Charcuterie (“shahr-KOO-tuhr-ee”; “shar-koo-tuhr-EE”)

13 Chipotle (“chih-POHT-lay”)

14 Ciabatta (“cha-bada”)

15 Coq au Vin (“kohk-oh-VAHN”; “kohk-oh-VAHN”)

16 Croissant (“kwah-SAHN”; “KWAH-sawn”; “kruh-SAHNT”)

17 Crudités (“kroo-dee-TAY”)

18 Edamame (“eh-dah-MAH-meh”)


Tricky food name gnocchi
An Italian favourite, gnocchi are soft dough dumplings made with flour, potato and eggs.


19 Endive (“EN-dyv”; “AHN-deev”; “ahn-DEEV”)

20 Etouffée (“ay-too-FAY”)

21 Gnocchi (“NYOH-kee”; “NOH-kee”)

22 Gyro (“YEE-roh”)

23 Halloumi (“hah-loo-me”)

24 Hummus (“HOOM-uhs”)

25 Jicama (“HEE-kah-mah”)

26 Mascarpone (“mas-kar-POH-nay”; “mas-kahr-POH-nay”)


Tricky food name quinoa
High in protein and fibre, and gluten free, quinoa has been hailed a superfood.


27 Nutella (“new-tell-uh”)

28 Parfait (“pahr-FAY”)

29 Pho (“fuh”)

30 Prosciutto (“pro-shoot-oh”)

31 Quinoa (“KEEN-wah”)

32 Radicchio (“rah-dee-kee-oh”)

33 Tzatziki (“dzah-DZEE-kee”)

34 Vichyssoise (“vihsh-ee-SWAHZ”;”VEE-she-swahz)

35 Worcestershire (“WOOS-tuhr-shuhr”; WOOS-tuhr-sheer”)


Text: Bauer/The Australian Women’s Weekly
Photos: Bauer/Rob Shaw, David Hahn