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Monday, November 3

Giada: "Spagheetee Just Comes Out Naturally"

FIT-eh-CHEE-nie and mohtz-ah-RELL-a are here to stay.

Giada De Laurentiis recently told the Mel's Diner blog that her Italian pronunciations aren't going anywhere!



While at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills last month, Giada claims she tried, at first, to say Italian ingredients on her show without her trademark pronunciation but they just started coming out naturally as she got more into cooking.

Long live proscuitto!

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29 Comments:

At 11/03/2008 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I believe her. Credible explanation.

All I need now is an explanation from Mario Batali as to why he over Italianizes several words and phrases.

 
At 11/03/2008 1:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well she actually came across pretty nice here. She looked very very tired though!

 
At 11/03/2008 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate how she sahys pancheta. She calls it pahcheeeta.

 
At 11/03/2008 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish people would quit ragging on how Giada pronounces certain words! SHE'S FROM ITALY, PEOPLE!!! Why don't you go over to Italy and speak the way you sound over here! *roll eyes*

 
At 11/03/2008 3:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know many Italians, some FOB, some not so FOB, that do not speak and pronounce words like she does. So I don't have a need to go to Italy to see how to properly pronounce certain types of Italian foods.

I honestly think she purposely tweaks words to lend an air of authenticity to her version of Italian cooking.

Either that or she does have an speech impediment.

 
At 11/03/2008 3:32 PM , Anonymous JB said...

These words are italian, her first language, so that comes naturally to her. I completely identify with her. I pronounce French words the way I first learned them. (in French) For me,trying to pronounce croissant like an American is hard to do and just doesn't feel right.

 
At 11/03/2008 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with jb... My husband is from a foreign country and although it is an English speaking country he pronounces words differently than we do here in America. It causes me to pronounce the words the way he does and some of my family/friends/coworkers look at me funny.

Give Giada a Break!!!

J

 
At 11/03/2008 4:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is FOB ?

 
At 11/03/2008 4:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW...I saw 3 episodes of her new show..it sucks! Very rush and same old same old!!!!

 
At 11/03/2008 4:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you Giada!!!

 
At 11/03/2008 4:58 PM , Anonymous Pasquale said...

FOB = Fresh off the Boat

 
At 11/03/2008 5:18 PM , Blogger Lindsey said...

I love Giada.

 
At 11/03/2008 7:35 PM , Blogger Prohomemaker.Com said...

Did everyone see this weekend'd new Giada at Home. It was hilarious -- her relative/friend just ran over her entire recipe, disagreeing with her, fighting with her on how to do things, etc. Finally, Giada just gave in and said the recipe had been Americanized. FN is replaying the show right now on the West Coast

 
At 11/04/2008 7:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah it was her aunt. They have shown that relationship before on Everyday Italian.

 
At 11/04/2008 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This woman has the biggest face I've ever seen.

Anyway, she's right. No self-respecting Italian uses the Americanized version of Italian words. Even American chefs use the correct words (minus the accent) for words in French, Spanish, Italian, etc. What do you expect? Them to mispronounce the words? Is there anything you people don't complain about?

 
At 11/04/2008 3:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved giada's show with her aunt raffi. they are a kick together.
makes me miss my grandma and her cooking really bad.....
NO ONE made cannoli's like my grandma!!
if only i was ambitious enough to use her recipe!

 
At 11/04/2008 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband says this blog is for cowards that want to leave ugly anonymous comments (Including me, but I keep mine nice!). Ha!
I love Giada!!!!!!!!

 
At 11/04/2008 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'My husband'... blah blah blah...

Can't you think for yourself?

 
At 11/05/2008 9:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is not for cowards. there ARE some cowards here, true. But these people have a very slim chance of ever meeting the stars and not everyone is into talking about food network. so on that note, people feel like this is a place for like minds to share opinions. Some good, some bad and some downright nasty. But one thign's for sure! we all love the food network or we wouldn't post here.

 
At 11/05/2008 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

True 9:40. I love this blog and ALL the opinions good and/or bad. I mean the defenders get annoying but that's ok. They are entitled.

 
At 11/05/2008 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Giada too but I hate nice. That's boring.

 
At 11/05/2008 2:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 6:43

I CAN think for myself and the thing that comes to mind is...

FUCK OFF!

 
At 11/05/2008 9:13 PM , Blogger Charles said...

LOL oh that Aunt Raffi!

 
At 11/05/2008 10:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh heaven help us - must she continue this ridiculous pronunciation gimmick?? listening to giada rattle off italian ingredients is almost as painful as listening to sarah palin try to form grammatically correct sentences.

 
At 11/06/2008 1:18 PM , Anonymous Cunning Linguist said...

damn right it is gimmick. Any skilled linguist will tell you her delivery of certain words is pronounced and telegraphed to highlight specific words.

Oh well you might fool a few of your diehard fans but not me.

You really are legend in your own mind you pushy little woman.

 
At 11/12/2008 10:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Giada coming from Italy? she spent less time there than I do at the Dept of Motor Vehicles. Her family moved to the US before she was a year old so YES, her "authentic" enunciations are made up. Got a feeling here if it weren't for her shape, there'd be no TV show.

 
At 2/19/2009 1:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but her FAMILY IS ITALIAN! They spoke ITALIAN at home, and that's how she learned the words! Same thing with me and my family's language. You'd probably laugh at the way I pronounce our native foods but hell, I don't care...it's the natural way to say them. YOU GO GIADA! STAY TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS!

 
At 8/10/2009 6:41 PM , Blogger anonymous said...

If your going have an opinion about someone at least get your facts straight. Giada happened to leave Italy when she was eight, giving her enough time to absorb all her italian roots. When it comes down to it, i don't care how she pronounces her words, either way she's amazing!

 
At 11/11/2009 1:57 PM , Blogger McGeeter said...

This amuses me because, although I've always really enjoyed Giada, her over-emphasizing the Italian words has always driven me nuts. They don't sound like other Italian friends of mine. That's just in my humble, Irish opinion.

 

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