Italian-Americanisms? or regionalisms?

Peter Farruggio pfarr at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Sun Jul 7 21:55:19 UTC 2002

The pronunciations of ricotta and manicotti are straight from Southern
Italy, common to a variety of regional dialects (like Neopolitan, Sicilian,

Pete Farruggio

At 10:39 AM 7/7/02, you wrote:

>My summer class was instructing me on some of the finer points of Italian
>cuisine--they were mostly from the Trenton area.  Don't know if these are
>regionalisms or Italian-Americanisms.
>Gravy 'tomato sauce for pasta'-- DARE has a meaning =sweet sauces, but this
>meaning isn't there.   I asked them what they'd call gravy for turkey, or
>meat, and some said 'brown gravy'
>Pie  'a pizza'.  When you say, "We had a pie last night"  you mean a pizza.
>Ricotta-  pronounced /rih GAWT/-- with open o (cot/caught distinction is
>maintained almost universally by students here).
>Manicotti-- same thing /man ih GAWT/
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