Italian Food

How to Properly Pronounce Caciocavallo

Caciocavallo as in Caciocavallo cheese is pronounced ca‧cio‧ca‧vàl‧lo. Video of native Italian speakers pronouncing Caciocavallo, plus tips to pronounce double letters words correctly in Italian.

Caciocavallo can be tricky for native English speakers to pronounce correctly on their first go. However, pronounced correctly Caciocavallo is a lyrical cheese name. Just listen to the way Caciocavallo is pronounced by the native Italians who make it in this video about Caciocavallo Podolico one of Italy’s most expensive cheeses!

Video of Caciocavallo Being Made in Italy and Pronounced correctly!

As with all Italian words, the trick to properly pronouncing Caciocavallo is to pronounce each and every letter paying special attention to the vowels. Check out our post about how to properly pronounce Orecchiette for help with Italian vowels.

To a native English speaker, the ‘cio’ sounds more like ‘cheo’. Here’s one of my favorite Italian teachers Mano from Italy Made Easy to explain how to pronounce /c/ in Italian words.

In Italian ‘cacio’ means cheese and ‘cavallo’ means horse. In other words, Caciocavallo most literally translates into ‘cheese on horseback.’ This is the reason the second trickiest part of pronouncing Caciocavallo correctly is nailing the double L. A super quick explanation for why it’s important to note the double L in cavallo.

Pronouncing double letters in Italian correctly is critical because it can mean the difference between saying seven (sette) and thirst (sete) or year (anno) and anus (ano.) The trick to pronouncing Italian words with double letters correctly is to treat the end of the first letter as a pause. Here’s a helpful video explaining how double letters are pronounced in Italian.

Want practice with those double letters? Check out the proper pronunciation of Cicchetti a food Venice, Italy is famous for or see if proper gnocchio pronunciation is what you were expecting.

In case this is your first time stumbling across Caciocavallo, here’s a little video to help understand what Cacciocavallo cheese is plus hear Caciocavallo being pronounced properly.

Video with native Italian pronouncing Caciocavallo correctly.

Curious why it’s so expensive and if it’s worth it? Find out what makes Caciocavallo Podolico one of the 10 most expensive cheese in the world!

Caciocavallo Podolico cheese being sliced open La Massaia in Vieste Italy

The afternoon Paolo and I first stumbled on Caciocavallo in Vieste, Italy we feasted on it sliced alongside bread, tomatoes, and local white wine. We had inadvertently found the most expensive Caciocavallo cheese in Italy, Caciocavallo Podolico.

Eating in Italy is an education, it’s eye-opening. Quality ingredients with little to no preparation can yield a perfect meal. As a cheese lover, I couldn’t have found a better place to move to if I tried!

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  1. My maternal grandparents come from the Puglia region I enjoyed learning about that she’s coming from there the diet of the cattle and the entire process. And it was interesting to hear that certain words come from the dialect because it’s a very unique dialect and in my grandmothers generation no one from any other part of Italy could understand the people from the Puglia region!

    1. Hello Dolores! Yes it’s very true the dialects in Italy are so strong they can be different languages at time. Paolo being born and raised in Italy can struggle in many parts of Italy if a dialect is being spoken. It’s been highly enjoyable for me to dig into the language through food!

  2. I love your posts where it’s clear you are both having fun and learning the little things about Italian! It’s clear you are falling in love with the language!

    1. In some ways I adore Italian over English. Far easier to spell for one. It’s more lyrical and often more logical. There are also far faster ways to say things like in English “let’s have dinner shall we?! In Italian “Mangiamo?!”

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