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 Each kit contained four meals of two breakfasts and two dinners, including bagels and smoked salmon, steak, egg and potato casserole, chicken piccata with pasta and chili with cornbread. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Restaurant workers ‘still need our support and help’ as pandemic stretches on, nonprofit says," 21 Dec. 2020 For now, the basket filled with chicken piccata, pasta Pomodoro and cannolis is situated in the Browns' refrigerator untouched. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "'We're all in this together': Detroit police surprise 700 households with gift baskets," 23 Dec. 2020 But the piccata is their new spin on a chicken cutlet sandwich. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Fried chicken sandwiches are booming in the Twin Cities. Here are 14 great ones," 4 Nov. 2020 Terzo’s porchetta is still available, along with the Italian American classic, piccata. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "21 new and soon-to-open restaurants in the Twin Cities," 27 Oct. 2020 Like meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, roasted chicken are the obvious ones but what about not so obvious, like chicken paillard or chicken piccata, masala, etc... Mary Honkus, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Announces That She Is Working on Her Third Cookbook and Hints at What's to Come," 14 Sep. 2020 Mom’s Lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken piccata, roasted garlic broccoli, New York-style cheesecake and Gigi’s butter cake. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Father’s Day specials," 13 June 2020 For lunch, Kosanke noshed on Calamari Limone, pasta fagioli (an Italian soup) and veal piccata. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Long-standing Dearborn restaurants excited to welcome guests back to their dining rooms," 10 June 2020 There are many boring recipes for chicken piccata, but this one has sliced lemons for tanginess and shallots for sweetness. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Anything for Dinner Is OK," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Piccata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccata. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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