L’ammazzavampiri (garlic canapé) is proported to be so heavy on the garlic that it takes its name from the Italian verb ammazzare meaning “to intentionally put to death” hence the name ammazzavampiri ” vampire killer”.
A traditional bruschetta ammazzavampiri begins with slices of pane casereccio , a durum wheat bread from the town of Genzano in Lazio. Outside of Italy any firm, country-style bread sliced about ½ inch thick will do although few will have the chewy, elastic crumb of this pane. Grill, toast or broil the bread until is a deep golden brown. A classic ammazzavampiri has an extraordinary amount of whole peeled garlic cloves rubbed over the warm bread. Then it is sprinkled with coarse sea salt and generously drizzled with the season’s freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Serve with an Amazza Vampiri cocktail apertivo to entertain your ghoulish guests this Halloween.
Tomatoes are in season and that means I’m getting ready to enjoy one of my favorite Italian antipasti and to cringe at the sound of millions of American bruschetta eaters mispronounce these delicious thick slices of bread grilled, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, topped with tomatoes and herbs.
Pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzze pronounce this iconic taste of Italy correctly. “Ch” in Italian is always pronounced with a hard “k” sound. Think Chianti, Pinocchio, zucchini and BRUSCHETTA pronounced broo-SKEH-tah. If nothing else it will confuse the waiters at the Olive Garden and make me very happy.
Author Charles Harrington Elster writes in The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations – The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker, that there are two types of people when it comes to mispronunciations – those who don’t give the subject a second thought and those who do. This post is for those who do and happen to like espresso.
The website Your Dictionary has posted a list of the 100 Most Mispronounced Words and Phrases in the English language and the word espresso is one of them. Don’t say: expresso | Do say: espresso. It seems many of us have a penchant for replacing es- with ex- like in another commonly mispronounced word, especially. Don’t say: expecially | Do say: especially.
Food mispronunciations are among the most common. My personal pronunciation rant is the saying of the word bruschetta. The correct pronunciation is (broo-SKEH-tah) NOT (broo-SHEH-tah). No waiter outside of Italy seems to know how to pronounce this word and bastardized recipes for this simple yet profound antipasto are rampant .
Regional dialects and fast talking (or in my case fast keyboarding) may account for many mispronunciations which in turn leads to a whole series of spelling issues. Ok is the teacher side in me showing. I’ll stop before I tell you how many times the mispronunciation of the word gnocchi reoccur or is that recur.