os·​te·​ria | \ ˌästəˈrēə, ˌōs- \
plural -s

Definition of osteria

1 : a wayside inn stopped for the night at a small osteria— J. H. Shorthouse
2 : restaurant a sandwich and wine at an osteria near the jobNew York Times Magazine

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History and Etymology for osteria

Italian, from oste innkeeper, from Latin hospit-, hospes host, stranger, guest

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“Osteria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteria. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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