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 Bottura and Cavallino’s head chef, Riccardo Forapani, plan to offer modern takes on the region’s traditional trattoria cooking. Danilo Scarpati, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Nick’s Italian Restaurant, a beloved beachside trattoria and old-school supper club in Galt Ocean Mile since 1974, abruptly shut down after dinner service on May 31. Phillip Valys,, 3 June 2021 The trattoria was nothing special, but its floor grabbed my attention. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, 14 May 2021 That such a graphic statement was present in a timeworn trattoria, where sandy shoes and sloshed Negronis ruled, was unexpected. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, 14 May 2021 French men and women may prefer their local bistro or Italians their neighborhood trattoria, but will not feel out of place in a high-end dining room. John Mariani, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Rose is dining alone at her favorite Brooklyn trattoria. Michael Phillips,, 2 May 2021 One popular model to emerge over the past decade or so involves a hotelier taking over a depopulated village, or a cluster of farm estate buildings, and reimagining it—often complete with a trattoria, a bar, even its own shops. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 Drink this and imagine yourself at a trattoria in Palermo or some small coastal town, breathing in the aromas of the Mediterranean and the wild herbs and scruff of the hillsides. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Trattoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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