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

Examples of trattoria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cacio e Pepe opens in North Park Cacio e Pepe, a new Italian trattoria, has opened in the former Seventh House restaurant location in North Park. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2024 The capital of Italy's Tuscany region, visits here are spent admiring some of Europe’s greatest architectural wonders, shopping for leather goods, and, of course, delighting in finding a delicious trattoria. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 3 May 2024 Also arriving in January is Wolfgang Puck's Italian trattoria Caramá featuring dishes from all across Italy. David Morris, Travel + Leisure, 1 Nov. 2023 Italians might stop by an enoteca to have a drink before going to an osteria or trattoria for dinner. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 The Italian trattoria at The Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is returning with pizzas, salads, charcuterie boards, special cheese and Italian cold cuts — and a few new twists. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Desperately Seeking Da Silvano: Silvano Marchetto’s trattoria used to be a celebrity haven in Greenwich Village. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Al Gatto Verde is a casual chic trattoria in an old barn house in the Modenese countryside next to Casa Maria Luigia. Erica Firpo, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 The selection of white wines is amazing for a small trattoria such as this with numerous offerings from Burgundy, Loire and Jura, while other Italian regions, such as Campania, Marche, Abruzzo and Friuli are well represented. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trattoria was in 1832


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“Trattoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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