Ciabatta is a type of flat and crusty Italian bread that has an elongated shape. The word ciabatta in Italian literally means slipper. The bread was named this way because of its shape that resembles that of a slipper.
The correct pronunciation of ciabatta in Italian can be phonetically transcribed as Chah-bah-ttah. The first part "Cha" has the same sound as the Cha-cha-cha dance. The -bah part has an open "A" sound resembling the sound made by sheep. The -ttah contains the double "T", which produces a strong "T" sound where the accent must fall. It initially looks difficult to pronounce for English speakers, but isn't all that hard to reproduce. The final -ah sound is an open and soft "A" that has a short-lasting sound.