plural piccatas
: 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 Main course options are: sausage and pepper gnocchi, pear and cheese-stuffed sacchetti, spaghetti primavera, chicken piccata or the acqua pazza’s market fish with fennel, baby tomatoes and crostini. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2024 Brunch selections vary by location with some offering an omelet station, breakfast options, smoked salmon, applewood smoked bacon, Andiamo's chicken piccata, pastas and desserts. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2024 The menu focuses on continental flavors, with everything from paella to chicken piccata to boeuf bourguignon, plus some American mainstays. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Once they’re cured and pickled, capers become perfect little salt bombs to drop into a niçoise salad or a chicken piccata. Allison Morrow, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 Buffet menus vary at each location but include classics like chicken piccata, pasta, omelet station, Dearborn ham, salads, and more. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2024 Both mushrooms and chicken are excellent vehicles for this savory, vibrant piccata sauce. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 From chicken piccata to her famous meatballs, Susan established herself as this season's MVP, with her expertise in the kitchen. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 16 Nov. 2023 Salmon, seabass and chicken piccata entrees are light while bolognese and gemelli with spicy vodka sauce are comforting. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piccata was in 1949

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“Piccata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccata. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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