The pronunciation of Italian food names isn't as hard and fast as it is in other countries. From northern Italy stretching down to the southern reaches, food names slip through a whole slew of dialects that skew pronunciations along the way. That said, here are a few tests to see how well you'd pass at properly pronouncing the names of items common in Italy's cuisine.
pro-SHOOT-toe is how you should pronounce this Italian ham.
This seashell-shaped pasta is correctly pronounced kohn-KEE-lee-eh.
If you want to make sure you're getting gnocchi, you'd better be pronouncing it NYO-kee.
Cavatappi, a kind of corkscrew-shaped pasta, is correctly pronounced kah-vah-TAHP-pee.
ree-gah-TOH-nee is how you should say the name of this classic ridged and tube-shaped pasta.
If you're saying cal-TSO-nay, you're closest to pronouncing this dish properly.
PAH-stah eh faj-YOH-lee is the proper pronunciation for this pasta and bean soup.
If you want to order farfelle (which is what you'd probably simply refer to as bow-tie pasta in the United States), this is how you should be pronouncing it: far-FAHL-leh.
Pronounce this often meat- or cheese-stuffed pasta tor-tell-LEE-nee.
Vermicelli means "little worms" and that's not exactly appetizing. But if you want long thin noodles in your pasta dish, you better be saying vehr-mee-CHEL-lee.