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 modifierbeef 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).

Examples of carpaccio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The menu will offer dishes such as yellowfin tuna carpaccio, carnaroli rice risotto with Maine lobster, roasted branzino, beef filet and a chocolate semifreddo. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Looking for a Christmas Eve and/or Day restaurant? Look no further.," 3 Dec. 2019 Participants can see for themselves which wines go best with what snacks, including various antipasti, carpaccio and mini aranci. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drop in and learn while trying wines (and snacks) of Italy at Meraki," 18 Nov. 2019 The octopus carpaccio was nice, laid out in razor-thin slices with a citrus bite and a tomato confit salad. Mike Sutter,, "Zero-star restaurant review: Savor Bistro loses its way in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 17 Oct. 2019 Dishes include peppery tomato and celery soup, sweet potato spaghetti alfredo, and beetroot daikon carpaccio. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 Minke whale carpaccio is served with local permaculture microgreens., "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 Menu highlights include stracciatella toast with caviar; tuna carpaccio with lemon aioli;roasted halibut with couscous, mussels, almonds; and raisins and olive oil cake with citrus, candied pistachios and whipped cream. Julie Giuffrida,, "Where to eat out for Valentine's Day dinner," 5 Feb. 2018 The beef carpaccio platter ($18) was hefty, thin tenderloin slices topped with a generous scattering of arugula and Parmesan shavings. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Talento, Tuscan Prime, Piazza Italia. A trio of new Italian restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard," 7 Aug. 2019 Beef carpaccio, artichoke, meatballs and zucchini fritte are among nine shareables, with seven salads also offered. Marc Bona,, "Leo’s Italian Social opens in Cuyahoga Falls - first look," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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“Carpaccio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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