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) \

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).

Examples of trattoria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This set will make their dining table feel like a cozy Italian trattoria, in the best way. ELLE, 19 July 2022 Prezzo, an Italian trattoria with locations in Palm Beach Gardens (4520 PGA Blvd.) and Boca Raton (5560 N. Military Trail), is launching a Summer Date Night Menu for two for $100 starting June 1. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 25 May 2022 Enjoy rustic Italian recipes in the brick-walled trattoria or alfresco in the garden or on the sidewalk. Forbes Travel Guide, Forbes, 2 June 2022 This one is an Italian concept, too, reminiscent of a grand trattoria in Northern Italy. Pamela Wright,, 6 May 2022 Goldman and Stayner initially aimed to create a trattoria as true to the Roman canon as possible. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 This popular Roman trattoria serves up authentic cuisine from its enviable location in the shadow of the Pantheon. Maria Pasquale, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 The game-changing trattoria from Wolfgang Puck — an affable Austrian who’d made a name for himself at the since-shuttered Ma Maison — opened it doors Jan. 16, 1982. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2022 Seneca Trattoria: Embarcadero Located on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Hotel San Diego, this new Roman trattoria from CH Projects offers a sweeping bird’s-eye view of downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Trattoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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