pic·​ca·​ta | \ pə̇ˈkätə, -ätə \
plural piccatas

Definition of piccata

: thin slices of meat (such as veal) that are dredged in flour, sautéed, and served in a lemon and butter sauce

Examples of piccata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, opt for chicken piccata ($16.99) served with choice of potato, vegetable and a dinner roll. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 28 restaurants for Christmas dinner in metro Phoenix," 6 Dec. 2019 Choose from cheese ravioli, Lasagna Classico or chicken piccata, among others. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Veterans Day freebies: Free meals, fun and services for military heroes and civilians, too," 8 Nov. 2019 Favorites for fund-raisers are the veal Parmesan, chicken Marsala and chicken piccata. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Jumbo Shrimp and Lobster Tails: D.C.’s Fund-Raising Hot Spots," 5 Oct. 2019 For those seeking a plate of food rather than the hands-on portability of a sandwich, there’s chicken piccata ($12.50), chicken marsala ($14), and chicken parmigiana ($10.50) over pasta, among other options. BostonGlobe.com, "Chef Mike’s brings old-world Italian classics to Needham - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Classic Italian favorites include seafood risotto, braised duck farfalle, and chicken piccata. al, "Where to get the city’s best Italian and Mediterranean food," 26 Aug. 2019 The restaurant offers wine and craft beer, and its food menu includes steak, chicken piccata, gumbo and baked fish. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "The Barrel Room wine bar takes over historic Canal-Fulton building," 21 Aug. 2019 The main course features restaurant specialties, such as sauteed flounder, chicken piccata, veal marsala and shrimp primavera. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: Zammitt’s joins Houston Restaurant Weeks, new HR solutions firm debuts in Kingwood," 18 July 2019 The seafood and fancier chicken dishes like piccata will be gone from the city location, but remain for catering and the Northbrook restaurant. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Father and Son reopening due to ‘overwhelming’ support, five days after owners closed the 72-year-old Chicago pizzeria," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of piccata

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piccata

Italian, slice of sautéed veal flavored with lemon and parsley, from piccata, feminine of piccato, past participle of piccare to lard (meat), probably from French piquer, literally, to prick

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The first known use of piccata was in 1949

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11 Dec 2019

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“Piccata.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccata. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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