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[trah-tuh-ree-uh] /ˌtrɑ təˈri ə/
a usually inexpensive or informal restaurant or cafe specializing in Italian dishes.
Origin of trattoria
1825-35; < Italian: public eating place, restaurant, equivalent to trattor(e) restaurateur (tratt(are) to treat + -ore -or2, as translation of French traiteur) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trattoria
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  • No osteria or trattoria by the roadside, but will give you this on short order if you do not seek anything more substantial.

  • The sun was setting when he got down before the trattoria del Giardinetto.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It ended in food being sent in from a neighboring cook-shop, or trattoria, and served upon her bedroom table.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • A little beneath this, and on a black board, scrawled with letters of unequal size, is the word 'trattoria' or eating-house.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • But one day she did not come to the trattoria della Harmonia; she had been struck by the scourge and was dead the next day.

  • They had eaten leisurely and at home, or in the caff or trattoria before ten o'clock, the hour prescribed.

  • There can be no difference of opinion about the excellence of the cuisine, or about the reasonable charges of this trattoria.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • A note of charges for the trattoria, and for the hire of furniture, will be furnished to the passengers, on their applying for it.

  • They put a caricature of him among the rest on the walls of their trattoria, where he once dined with them.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
  • The Italian wayside inns, or trattoria, are not all bad; neither are they all good.

British Dictionary definitions for trattoria


an Italian restaurant
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from trattore innkeeper, from French traiteur, from Old French tretier to treat
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Word Origin and History for trattoria

"Italian restaurant," 1832, from Italian trattoria, from trattore "host, keeper of an eating house," from trattare "to treat," from Latin tractare, frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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