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pronouncing La Ciccia

scarmoza Jun 29, 2011 09:00 AM

I've been pronouncing it La Cheet-ZA. Rhymes with pizza. I got the pronunciation from forvo.com - but I realize it could be very wrong.

How do you pronounce it?

La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

  1. grayelf Jun 29, 2011 09:03 AM

    La Cheecheeya. But I could be wrong too :-)

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    1. re: grayelf
      scarmoza Jun 29, 2011 09:07 AM

      There's another pronunciation on forvo that's more like: cheech-ah - and I use that one, too.

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      ferret Jun 29, 2011 09:08 AM

      According to my Italian teacher, the rule is "cc" followed by "i" or "e" is pronounced "ch", like "cheese". As in Gucci, or focaccia.

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      1. re: ferret
        scarmoza Jun 29, 2011 09:23 AM

        My S.O. and in-laws pronounce focaccia ---> fo-got-za. (They're Piedmontese.)

        So, I guess I'm also wondering how the Sardinians pronounce ciccia.

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        Malcolm Ruthven Jun 29, 2011 09:15 AM

        How does the restaurant owner/staff pronounce it?

        1. BernalKC Jun 29, 2011 09:30 AM

          I just called them, and the woman's voice on their answering machine greeting pronounces it something like "la Chee-Cha". No discernible z or i sounds therein.

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          1. re: BernalKC
            scarmoza Jun 29, 2011 09:38 AM

            great work, BernalKC! Solved.

            1. re: scarmoza
              pauliface Jun 29, 2011 10:04 AM

              Also, note, the accent is on the first syllable (chee) and the because there is a double c in there, you hold the middle 'ch' consanant a little longer.
              Imagine thinking in terms of musical beats.
              If it were a single c, it would be a two-beat word: chee-cha.
              But because it's a double c, think three beats, with the tongue resting on the inside of the top teeth/front-of-the-roof-of-your-mouth for that middle beat.
              Then, make that middle beat a little shorter than 3 even beats and you've got it.

              1. re: pauliface
                scarmoza Jun 29, 2011 10:33 AM

                You should do a pronunciation on forvo

                1. re: scarmoza
                  mdg Jun 29, 2011 11:13 AM

                  Confirming that BernalKC and Pauliface have it exactly right for standard Italian, which will certainly be acceptable. I don't know if there are any Sardinian dialect differences, but given BernalKC's experience I expect not.


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            lrealml Jun 29, 2011 09:39 AM

            the Sardinian restaurant.
            In other words, I haven't been brave enough to try...

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              abstractpoet Jun 29, 2011 12:00 PM

              Aw geez, and here I've been going around saying La SEE-kee-ya.

              Along the same vein, I very much enjoy the "Don't Sound Like a Tool" feature on SFoodie - like this entry on local chefs:

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              1. re: abstractpoet
                Euonymous Jun 29, 2011 04:46 PM

                How do you make the audio for this work? It says to click on the Audio icon, but I don't see any Audio icon.

                1. re: Euonymous
                  abstractpoet Jun 29, 2011 11:04 PM

                  Huh - looks like the audio file isn't up anymore. But anyway, it was helpful to know that Syhabout is pronounced "See-a-boot". =)

              2. inaplasticcup Jun 29, 2011 11:12 PM

                I think if it follows the general rules of pronunciation and doesn't belong to some regional dialect outside of the norm, it should be CHEETchyah, the double cc giving it that slightly hard stop at the end of the first syllable.

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                1. re: inaplasticcup
                  tatuaje68 Feb 2, 2013 02:30 PM

                  I was wondering the same thing so I typed into google "how to pronounce La Ciccia"

                  At the very top of the list was Chowhound.... I should have known :)

                  1. re: inaplasticcup
                    Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 02:40 PM

                    If there were a Sardo dialect word, it would probably end in u.

                  2. arktos Feb 3, 2013 09:25 AM

                    Lah-SHEIK-yu would be the Italian, but Sardinians may have some unique pronunciation.

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                    1. re: arktos
                      Robert Lauriston Feb 3, 2013 09:55 AM

                      No, that would be spelled scichiu. ci is "chee" as in cheese.

                      "ch" sound:


                      "k" sound:


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