plural piccatas
: thin slices of meat (such as veal) that are dredged in flour, sautéed, and served in a lemon and butter sauce

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the show neared its curtain call, chef Richard Blais, who worked with Ray for over a decade, made a chicken lobster piccata dish as an homage to her signature Italian-American dishes. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 24 May 2023 The menu nearly doubled in size, with many of the daily specials like chicken parm vodka and veal piccata getting a permanent place on the menu. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2023 When used to describe food, piccata refers to meat that’s pan-seared and then sautéed in a sauce of butter, lemon and spices. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 Flour, for example, can be kneaded into biscuits to serve alongside simply seared fish or act as the secret ingredient that turns chicken stock into a silky sauce for chicken piccata. Dawn Perry, CNN, 11 Apr. 2023 Buffet menus vary at each location but include classics like chicken piccata, pasta, omelet station, Dearborn ham, salads and more. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2023 His restaurant, La Famiglia Giorgio’s, is one of several on Salem and Prince streets in the challenging position of having their outdoor dining set-ups in parking spaces across the street, meaning Lepore has to cross a lane of Boston drivers to bring diners their chicken piccata. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 The chicken piccata is also banging. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 29 Mar. 2022 Chicken piccata for $17.99. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Italian, slice of sautéed veal flavored with lemon and parsley, from piccata, feminine of piccato, past participle of piccare to lard (meat), probably from French piquer, literally, to prick

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piccata was in 1949

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“Piccata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccata. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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