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Posted: September 10, 2013

How do you say it? A Portland Restaurant Pronunciation Guide for some hard-to-say places

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You want to eat where?

We love the restaurants on this list for many reasons (the good food, the willingness of staff to humor us and go on camera pronouncing the restaurant’s name), but we also know we’ve mispronounced them in the past. (I confess to saying “peck a ree no” more than once.) Here’s the right way to say some of Portland’s dining spots, pronounced by the people who know them best:

Emilitsa from MaineToday on Vimeo.


[em ee leet sa] | 547 Congress St, Portland
Pronunciation by: John Regas, co-owner

Vignola Cinque Terre from MaineToday on Vimeo.

Vignola Cinque Terre

[vig no lah cheen kweh tehr reh] 0r
[vee-nyoh-lah cheen kweh tehr reh]
10 Dana St, Portland |
Pronunciation by: Keelin Wasley, server

Paciarino from MaineToday on Vimeo.


[pach ah ree no]
470 Fore St, Portland |
Pronunciation by: Gina Margo, front of the house manager

Novare Res Bier Cafe from MaineToday on Vimeo.

Novare Res Bier Cafe

[no var ay rez ]
4 Canal Plaza, Portland |
Pronunciation by: Jeff Hodenberg

Schulte & Herr from MaineToday on Vimeo.

Schulte & Herr

[shool tah oond hare]
349 Cumberland Ave, Portland
Pronunciation by: Kerry Anderson, server

Caiola’s Restaurant from MaineToday on Vimeo.

Caiola’s Restaurant

[kay oh lahs]
58 Pine St, Portland |
Pronunciation by: Anna Lombard, server

El Rayo Taqueria from MaineToday on Vimeo.

El Rayo Taqueria

[el ray oh] or [el rah yo]
101 York St, Portland |
Pronunciation by: Elena McMann, cook

What other restaurant have names that are hard to figure out?

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