Definition of calamari
: squid used as food
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The calamari is excellent— though not always available.
The menu also includes calamari, oyster, shrimp and fish tempuras, swordfish burgers, tacos, classic shrimp cocktails, Newport clam chowder, ahi poke (a Hawaiian fish salad), Lomi Lomi salmon poke and more.
On the menu: Appetizers from chicken wings to parmesan calamari.
Tourists sip on Aperol Spritz and espressos, enjoying platters of shrimp, octopus and calamari.
Begin with nearly two dozen appetizers ranging from sauteed Brussels sprouts and calamari to sushi rolls, pulled pork sliders and more.
The calamari is cleaned and partially cooked sous vide then sliced into uniform threads wound into a nest of sublime flavors.
There are two bars and a new food menu for the season, featuring old and new favorites like a Cuban sandwich or crispy calamari.
These include goatburgers, baklava, calamari, gyros and souvlaki and lamb.
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Did You Know?
The word calamari was borrowed into English from 17th-century Italian, where it functioned as the plural of "calamaro" or "calamaio." The Italian word, in turn, comes from the Medieval Latin noun calamarium, meaning "ink pot or "pen case," and can be ultimately traced back to Latin calamus, meaning "reed pen." The transition from pens and ink to squid is not surprising, given the inky substance that a squid ejects and the long tapered shape of the squid's body. English speakers have also adopted "calamus" itself as a word referring to both a reed pen and to a number of plants.
Origin and Etymology of calamari
Italian, plural of calamaro, calamaio, from Medieval Latin calamarium ink pot, from Latin calamus; from the inky substance the squid secretes
First Known Use: 1826See Words from the same year
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