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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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 Book ahead for lunch, since the Biennale crowds often fill Corte Sconta, a tiny Venetian trattoria with private garden, and Local, a former electrical shop gutted and transformed into a minimalist locavore restaurant. Erica Firpo, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Do the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018," 31 May 2018 In the trattoria, a boisterous Italian family that had just come from a wedding was holding court, with the bride still in her dress and the priest sitting at the head of the table and smoking. Dan Schwerin, Vogue, "My Wife Hated the Idea of Marriage, But That Didn’t Stop Her from Proposing to Me," 14 June 2018 The Emmy Award-winning TV star opened the 180-seat trattoria-style eatery on May 22 at the Horseshoe Baltimore casino, her first restaurant outside of Las Vegas. Julekha Dash, USA TODAY, "Inside Giada De Laurentiis' new Baltimore restaurant," 25 May 2018 La Sorella di Francesca is an Italian trattoria specializing in the cuisine of Northern Italy and traditional Italian classics. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Italian dishes made from scratch fill the menu at Francesca's in Naperville," 7 May 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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