ra·​dic·​chio | \ ra-ˈdi-kē-ō How to pronounce radicchio (audio) \
plural radicchios

Definition of radicchio

: a chicory of a red variety with variegated leaves that is used as a salad green

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The smoky herbs gorgeously fill the air long after the pigeon comes back, sliced, with a cherry, radicchio and red wine sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Get ready for a long night — and to have your mind blown — at Arama," 15 Aug. 2019 Jeenah Moon for The New York Times Dean & DeLuca, the luxury food chain, began life in 1977 as a downtown Manhattan destination for mascarpone, balsamic vinegar, radicchio and other specialties most Americans had never heard of, much less tasted. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Dean & DeLuca Closes Stores as Debts Pile Up," 10 July 2019 Anchorage Farmers Market: Arctic Organics has new cabbage, carrots, radicchio and cilantro at Saturday’s market. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Try new local chocolate made from hand-ground beans," 1 Aug. 2019 Guests dined on radicchio salad and black sea bass before enjoying wedding cake, all catered by Daniel Bouloud's catering arm, Feast and Fêtes. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ruthie Friedlander & Steven Chaiken Had The Ultimate New York City Wedding—With a Unicorn Color Palette & Chinese Takeaway," 17 July 2019 Accordingly, many restaurants like Altro Paradiso import their pink radicchio straight from the source. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Pink Radicchio Is Ready For Its Close Up—And Your Plate," 9 Mar. 2018 Wrapped in guanciale and served on tender radicchio leaves, this dish was a puzzle. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 Salads are also in the mix, including the $11 Gioia Chop made with radicchio, salami, ricotta salata, chickpeas, cukes, olives and walnuts. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Gioia Pizzeria opens New York-style slice shop in Hayes Valley," 7 June 2019 There’s a sharpness that comes with escarole's wide leaves, not quite as much as radicchio, but definitely more than a piece of romaine. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Is Escarole, Anyway?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of radicchio

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radicchio

Italian, chicory, from Vulgar Latin *radiculus, alteration of Latin radicula

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English Language Learners Definition of radicchio

: a plant which has reddish or green leaves that have a bitter taste and that are eaten in salads

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