Monday, May 17, 2010

How Do You Pronounce "Giardiniera"?

We've heard the word giardiniera mangled often enough, so don't feel bad if you're not 100% sure how to pronounce it!

Actually, it's pretty simple ...

Here's how to pronounce giardiniera:

"Jar - Din - Air - Ah"

Now if you're from Chicago, you might hear it pronounced a little differently, especially if you happen to be eating at one of the city's world class Italian beef joints.

The truth is, we tend to abreviate all kinds of words and phrases in Chicagoland.  For example ...

"Highdoon" = "How are you doing?"

"Jeetyet" = "Did you eat yet?"

"Yooz" = "You people"

"Hahzyerbrudder" = "How is your brother?"

Similarly, "giardiniera" is often shortened to "Jar-Din-Air", essentially dropping off the last syllable.

But either way, it's the same great stuff!


  1. in Cicero il. we pronounced it with a long e sound. could that be plural? jard uh near ee

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