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).

Examples of carpaccio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tuna carpaccio with a mustard drizzle dusted with Belgian coriander? Star Tribune, "Lileks: Remember restaurants? A refresher course," 4 Apr. 2021 The menu is beef heavy: beef carpaccio and steak tartar, beef tenderloin, tomahawk steaks, burgers and meatballs. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Instagram-famous chef Salt Bae says Nusr-Et steakhouse in Dallas opens March 4," 2 Mar. 2021 The company's Signature Selection Menu has regional dishes derived from local ingredients in more than 40 major markets across 240 airports, such as tuna tartare in South Florida, lobster bruschetta in Boston, and Texas carpaccio in Houston. Katy Spratte Joyce, Condé Nast Traveler, "On These Private Jets, No Meal Request Is Too Outrageous," 24 Sep. 2020 Start with the peppercorn carpaccio made with raw beef tenderloin and adorned with truffle oil and capers, or mussels Marrakesh with merguez lamb sausage in a spicy harissa broth. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020 Remove the carpaccio from the fridge and dip the sauce with a fork. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 And variations of dishes that originated at Le Farfalle, including octopus carpaccio and fideos pasta, have made their way to Manhattan. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "This chef’s move to South Carolina inspired him to reinvent the classic Italian restaurant in New York," 6 Mar. 2020 On the ship, menus offer regional specialties such as chorizo and kale soup, octopus carpaccio, and Portuguese fish stew, in three dining venues. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Portugal's Douro Is the Next Big River Cruising Destination," 22 Jan. 2020 Starters include croquettes, tortilla Espanola, Ibérico Secreto carpaccio (a premium cut from the prized Bellota pigs), and gazpacho Andaluz. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Spain’s legendary Enrique Tomás restaurant and store opening Feb. 12 in Dallas," 7 Feb. 2020

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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 15 Apr. 2021.

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