trat·​to·​ria | \ ˌträ-tə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce trattoria (audio) \
plural trattorias or trattorie\ ˌträ-​tə-​ˈrē-​ˌā How to pronounce trattorie (audio) \

Definition of trattoria

: restaurant specifically : a usually small Italian restaurant

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In Italian, "trattore" is the word for an innkeeper or restaurant owner. That word derives from the Old French verb traitier, which means "to treat" and is related to the Latin tractare, meaning "to drag about, handle, or deal with." "Trattoria," which first appeared in English in 1832, is one of several words that have entered our language to refer to a kind of specialized eatery - in this case, one that specializes in Italian cuisine. Others that have come later include "bistro" (from French, 1921), "brasserie" (from French, 1864), and "taqueria" (from Mexican Spanish, 1982).

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With three restaurants – Italian trattoria Mercato, buzzy lounge and bar Avra, and poolside grill Helios, Nafsika is the energetic hub of the hotel. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Four Seasons Astir Palace," 12 June 2019 Tourists vied for turns to eat in the seaside trattoria where scenes of Montalbano’s dining were filmed. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 Locale, a 75-seat Italian trattoria from former Carnevino and Eataly Las Vegas executive chef Nicole Brisson, will make its debut Wednesday evening and is offering a three-course menu with wine pairings for $40. Michael Hiller,, "Vegas restaurant from former Eataly chef debuts with a 3-course meal for $40," 19 June 2019 Details: 5446 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord; This Italian strip-mall trattoria features white tablecloths and classic dishes, like fettucine bolognese, lasagna and pescatore in a cozy atmosphere. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Concord Pavilion: 3 good restaurants before the show," 19 June 2019 Nestled on the corner of Mulberry and Broome, the little trattoria kept its doors open, allowing a light breeze to flow in. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Happy Birthday J.J.! The La DoubleJ Designer Is Celebrated With Aperol Spritzes in Little Italy," 17 May 2019 To get to the skylit art-deco dining room, guests pass through Mr. Benno’s Roman-style trattoria, Leonelli Taberna. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Ease Into Spring With This Light, Quick-Cooking Recipe for Black Bass," 4 Apr. 2019 This is a cozy trattoria with top quality ingredients, where everyone is welcomed like a local. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 Later in the evening things go full trattoria, and the foodies love it. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Spots for Aperitivo in Rome," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of trattoria

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trattoria

Italian, from trattore restaurateur, from French traiteur, from traiter to treat, from Old French traitier — more at treat entry 1

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