car·​pac·​cio | \ kär-ˈpä-ch(ē-)ō How to pronounce carpaccio (audio) \

Definition of carpaccio

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: 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 How to pronounce Carpaccio (audio) \

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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Make sure to cook all animal products thoroughly, and skip sushi, carpaccios, and the like. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Foods to Avoid If You're Trying to Get Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2019 Despite the name, there’s more than pizza on the menu (the carpaccio roast beef comes recommended). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 Book a table in advance or make a reservation for the private dining room—decorated with a conceptual chandelier from designer Lindsey Adelman—to enjoy Marchand’s seasonal cuisine, like fluke carpaccio and halibut grenobloise. Town & Country, "Inside NYC's Latest Hub for Design, Dining, and Culture," 27 Dec. 2018 But the non-ramen apps—things like tuna carpaccio, hot dogs, and brothy mussels—are great too. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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