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[kahr-buh-nahr-uh; Italian kahr-baw-nah-rah] /ˌkɑr bəˈnɑr ə; Italian ˌkɑr bɔˈnɑ rɑ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
a sauce or dressing for spaghetti, usually containing minced prosciutto or pancetta, egg yolks, and grated cheese.
Origin of carbonara
dialectal Italian
1960-65; < dialectal Italian (alla) carbonara literally, in the manner of the charcoal pit (compare Late Latin carbonaria brazier; see Carbonari); perhaps in reference to the use of leftover grilled meat in the sauce Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dishes include ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel, spaghetti carbonara and fluke with spinach and shallots.
  • For lunch he would have spaghetti carbonara and coffee ice cream.
  • My first idea was to mix the rye with pepper, since the flavors reminded me of spaghetti carbonara.
  • The casual eatery also features several house-specialty pies such as taco, meat lovers and chicken carbonara.

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