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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Recent Examples on the Web Booking the best trattoria in Rome — as well as the most coveted table and a personal meeting with the chef — is all in a day’s work. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Tour Operators," 8 July 2020 The Ideale trattoria on Grant has tables topped by canopies from a Brisbane food importer; Sodini’s on Green Street has rolled out artificial turf to soften the asphalt. John King,, "San Francisco begins to stir back to life — but there’s a long way to go," 18 June 2020 Owner Sammy Patrenella, 85, first opened the trattoria in his childhood home in 1992, eventually acquiring two adjacent properties and connecting them to expand the restaurant as well as add a residence. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Patrenella's Italian restaurant permanently closed after 28 years of business," 1 June 2020 At Chris Bianco’s whitewashed trattoria, chef Cassie Shortino makes some of the best fresh pasta in town. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Torn between cooking and takeout? Try these 10 meal kits from metro Phoenix restaurants," 6 May 2020 During his last reelection campaign in 2016, lobbyists for drugmaker AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson invited donors to mingle with Burr at an event at an Italian trattoria. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Sen. Richard Burr Is Not Just a Friend to the Health Care Industry. He’s Also a Stockholder.," 27 Apr. 2020 At its second Denver location in Highland, this hip pizza, prosecco and oyster shop spreads out into a pretty trattoria with ample bar, counter and dining room seating. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The best Denver restaurants to take visiting friends and family," 20 Dec. 2019 Rose’s Daughter, sibling to Brulé Bistro also in Pineapple Grove neighborhood, American-Italian trattoria with New York borough Italian ambiance, continental grab-and go-breakfast on front patio and nightly dinner. Susan Bryant,, "Chef Angelo Elia opening Casa D’Angelo Italian restaurant in Aventura," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, the French bistro has transformed into an Italian trattoria for the neighborhood. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Beloved pizza, oyster and prosecco spot Cart-Driver opens second location in Highland," 13 Dec. 2019

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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 4 Aug. 2020.

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