ri·​sot·​to | \ ri-ˈsȯ-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce risotto (audio) , -ˈzȯ- \
plural risottos

Definition of risotto

: rice cooked usually in meat or seafood stock and seasoned (as with Parmesan cheese or saffron)

Examples of risotto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And fill up on delicious samples of risotto at the International Risotto Festival on Nov. 10. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Mix eating and partying with Houston's best fall food events of 2019," 16 Oct. 2019 On the tasting menu was a truffle risotto from Fig & Olive. Danielle Braff, USA TODAY, "'Fat and happy, that’s my motto:' Scott Conant dishes up decadence at USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in Chicago," 18 Nov. 2019 One fall dinner featured roasted lamb belly, wagyu beef, and lobster risotto, edited by touches like pickled squash and fermented honey. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Ambitious Culinary Resort Has Landed in Arizona’s High Desert," 30 Oct. 2019 So: a sweet dessert risotto, in this case using the season’s glorious stone fruit, plus some crumbled amaretti cookies and chocolate — which is good for comfort, taste and emergencies. latimes.com, "Parts unknown," 9 June 2018 The four-course menu will include lemon-ricotta squash blossoms, bay scallops with risotto, lamb loin with fregola and limoncello ice cream with almond cake and berries. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Get your wine on with these vino events in South Florida," 29 Aug. 2019 At Tahoe, Ramsay’s signature dishes — beef Wellington, lobster risotto, sticky toffee pudding — will be served in the venue known as the Sage Room. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Gordon Ramsay bringing Hell’s Kitchen restaurant to Tahoe," 29 Aug. 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 Use in place of veg broth in risotto, chowder, or polenta. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What You Need to Know to Make the Most of Corn Season," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of risotto

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for risotto

Italian, from riso rice — more at rice

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The first known use of risotto was in 1821

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Risotto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risotto. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of risotto

: an Italian dish made with rice and often vegetables or meat

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