ca·​po·​na·​ta ˌkä-pə-ˈnä-tə How to pronounce caponata (audio)
: a relish of chopped eggplant and assorted vegetables

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Rack of Lamb is cooked by the chef to be succulent with caponata and sweet potatoes. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Caponata Every kitchen needs a jar of homemade caponata to put on toasted bread, mix into pasta, or enjoy as-is. Brittany Natale, Redbook, 5 Apr. 2023 Or how about homemade caponata? Brittany Natale, Redbook, 5 Apr. 2023 Every plate that hits the table—be it a seasonal vegetable caponata, transcendent plate of chewy handmade trofie, or sticky agrodolce chicken—positively sings, dancing on the razor’s edge between rusticity and precision that makes good Southern Italian cooking so thrilling. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 8 Sep. 2022 This autumnal take on caponata features fennel, figs and citrus. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 Look for the signature tavern-style Nonna Cappellano tomato pie ($22) with eggplant caponata, vegan mozzarella and spiced breadcrumbs; a sausage slice ($3.75) with classic mozzarella and red sauce; and sweet potato tiramisu ($6). Louisa Chu,, 24 Nov. 2021 At a long table in the dimly lit garden of Can Domingo, a restaurant in the southern hills, two dozen people picked over the remains of a generous dinner: ravioli, veal Milanese, caponata. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 An entree of gilt-head fish is lifted by the classic Sicilian caponata sauce, famed for its sweet and sour balance, before an apricot sorbet and meringues wrap up the five courses by once again celebrating the finest Italian ingredients. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Italian dialect (Sicily) capunata, sailor's dish of biscuit steeped in oil and vinegar, chopped vegetables served similarly, from Catalan caponada dry bread soaked in oil and vinegar, perhaps from capó capon

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caponata was in 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Caponata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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