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It's certainly easy to do. Regardless of how popular a restaurant is, it's no indication of how easy it is to pronounce its name. Bar Sajor? Spinasse? The tongue gets tired before it even tastes anything.

To help alleviate some uncertainty and embarrassment, here is a handy pronunciation guide to help you and those you love properly address some of Seattle's most popular gathering spots for food and drink. When waking up in the morning, it's always a classy touch to correctly name last night's conquest.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bar Cotto

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There's really only two ways to pronounce Ethan Stowell's new salumeria. If you're not pronouncing it Bar KOH-toh, you're saying it wrong.

Bar Sajor

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You'll improve your chances of getting on chef/owner Matt Dillon's good side if you know how to pronunce the name of his new restaurant. It's Bar sigh-YOHR, as in, "Sigh your name on the dotted line."

Cafe Campagne

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As much as there is to love about bubbly, this is not a champagne cafe, nor is it campaigning to be anything other than a charming little eatery in Pike Place Market. It's pronounced Cafe kum-PAWN-yuh.

La Carta De Oaxaca

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It's referred to as simply La Carta by a lot of folks, because, well...who wants to tackle that last word? It's pronounced wuh-HAH-kuh, as in, "Let's take a leisurely wuh-hah-kuh down Ballard Avenue for some tasty Mexican food!"

Mashiko

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The sushi at this West Seattle spot is just as popular as the mispronunciation of its name. It's pronounced MAH-shee-koh.

Pagliacci Pizza

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The "g" in this old-school pizzeria is silent. It's pronounced pah-lee-AH-chee.

Portage

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A lot of people want to give this French bistro atop Queen Anne a fancy French accent, but it's pronounced just like it's spelled: POOR-tidge, as in Portage Bay Cafe.

Place Pigalle

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Now, here's a Parisian-tinged restaurant with a fancy accent to match. This Pike Place Market gem is pronounced: plas-pih-GAHL' (rhymes with, "French class is down the hall.")

Rione XIII

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No, you're not in Italy. But if you want to do as the Romans do, you should know it's pronounced ree-OH-nay 13.

For as much hype as this place has received, you'd think the name would roll off the ol' tongue. It's pronounced SHAW-nick.

Spinasse

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Three syllables. It's pronounced spih-NAH-say, as in, "You don't say?"

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Bar Cotto

There's really only two ways to pronounce Ethan Stowell's new salumeria. If you're not pronouncing it Bar KOH-toh, you're saying it wrong.

Bar Sajor

You'll improve your chances of getting on chef/owner Matt Dillon's good side if you know how to pronunce the name of his new restaurant. It's Bar sigh-YOHR, as in, "Sigh your name on the dotted line."

Cafe Campagne

As much as there is to love about bubbly, this is not a champagne cafe, nor is it campaigning to be anything other than a charming little eatery in Pike Place Market. It's pronounced Cafe kum-PAWN-yuh.

La Carta De Oaxaca

It's referred to as simply La Carta by a lot of folks, because, well...who wants to tackle that last word? It's pronounced wuh-HAH-kuh, as in, "Let's take a leisurely wuh-hah-kuh down Ballard Avenue for some tasty Mexican food!"

Mashiko

The sushi at this West Seattle spot is just as popular as the mispronunciation of its name. It's pronounced MAH-shee-koh.

Pagliacci Pizza

The "g" in this old-school pizzeria is silent. It's pronounced pah-lee-AH-chee.

Portage

A lot of people want to give this French bistro atop Queen Anne a fancy French accent, but it's pronounced just like it's spelled: POOR-tidge, as in Portage Bay Cafe.

Place Pigalle

Now, here's a Parisian-tinged restaurant with a fancy accent to match. This Pike Place Market gem is pronounced: plas-pih-GAHL' (rhymes with, "French class is down the hall.")

Rione XIII

No, you're not in Italy. But if you want to do as the Romans do, you should know it's pronounced ree-OH-nay 13.

Shanik

For as much hype as this place has received, you'd think the name would roll off the ol' tongue. It's pronounced SHAW-nick.

Spinasse

Three syllables. It's pronounced spih-NAH-say, as in, "You don't say?"

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