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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
  • Dinner will be at a small trattoria on a side street far from the tourist attractions.
  • In back: a single-roomed trattoria of sorts that specializes in salads, panini, and simple pastas.
  • Red-checked tablecloths, candles and chianti bottles hanging everywhere all work to create a trattoria feel.
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)).

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