car·pac·cio | \kär-ˈpä-ch(ē-)ō \

Definition of carpaccio 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: thinly sliced raw meat or fish served with a sauce often used as a postpositive modifier beef carpaccio


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Car·pac·cio | \kär-ˈpä-ch(ē-ˌ)ō \

Definition of Carpaccio (Entry 2 of 2)

Vittore circa 1460–1525(or 1526) Italian painter

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Carpaccio is not the only dish named after a person, though its name might have the most artful origin. Created in 1950 by Venetian restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani, carpaccio is named after Vittore Carpaccio, the Renaissance painter. Cipriani created the dish for the Countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo, who had been under doctor’s orders to avoid cooked meats. According to Cipriani’s memoir, he chose to name the dish after Carpaccio because the red in the beef matched the colors found in Carpaccio’s paintings. Recently, some restaurants have begun using the term for similarly prepared non-meat dishes (such as pear carpaccio).

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For Québécois dishes like foie gras terrine, venison carpaccio, and squab with wild rice, nab an early table at Toqué!, which was recently named Canada’s second-best restaurant (after Alo in Toronto); reservations very much recommended. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Montréal, Canada," 16 Apr. 2018 The linguine with tiny, briny prawns; the sea bass carpaccio; the Parmesan soup with mushrooms; and a first-rate gnocchi with bits of thin, crunchy asparagus, all ended up on our table. Alice Short,, "Savoring the multiple personalities of Malta," 8 Apr. 2018 Those gathered snacked on risotto cakes, beef tenderloin carpaccio, and deviled quail eggs or queued up for old fashioneds, sidecars, or gin and tonic libations. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Slim Thug and Houston's party people toast LOUIS XIII Cognac and Pharrell Williams' song "100 Years"," 5 Mar. 2018 The restaurant will serve wine and cocktails as well as brunch, lunch and dinner dishes, such as paella, branzino with rosemary, risotto and carpaccio. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Fig & Olive restaurant to open at the Galleria in early March," 21 Feb. 2018 The wines alone are worth the journey, as is food such as carpaccio served with the black truffles that are found on the Salcheto estate. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 Dishes riff on classics, like a Scandi twist on carpaccio with dill and caraway or a very Midwestern-tasting crisp-skinned trout with aioli underneath. Bon Appetit, "Diner," 25 June 2018 But don’t miss the contemporary dishes — perhaps the filet mignon carpaccio served with sweet onion, Thai basil, shallots, shrimp Vinaigrette and crushed peanuts, or the chicken skewers, grilled in marinade of lemongrass, garlic and honey. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Korean fried chicken," 17 Jan. 2018 For dessert, there’s pineapple carpaccio soaked in port wine and served with a limao galego ice cream. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Where to Shop (and Eat) in São Miguel, Portugal," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of carpaccio


1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carpaccio


Vittore Carpaccio; from the prominent use of red in his painting

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