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[ri-saw-toh, -soh-toh, -sot-oh; Italian ree-zawt-taw] /rɪˈsɔ toʊ, -ˈsoʊ toʊ, -ˈsɒt oʊ; Italian riˈzɔt tɔ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
a dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese and other ingredients.
Origin of risotto
1850-55; < Italian, derivative of riso rice Unabridged
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  • As has been said the sauce can well be used to season spaghetti or risotto.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • For this risotto either lobster or crab meat can be used: the former is, however, considered more tasty.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • The Count looked round anxiously for the coming of his risotto, and, behold!

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Garnish with risotto, and just before serving garnish the risotto with truffles, ham and tongue cut in small squares.

  • I remember we had had a good dinner at Florian's, with an immense dish of risotto milanese—so big we had to leave some.

British Dictionary definitions for risotto


noun (pl) -tos
a dish of rice cooked in stock and served variously with tomatoes, cheese, chicken, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from risorice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for risotto

rice cooked in broth with meat and cheese, 1848, from Italian risotto, from riso "rice" (see rice). At first in Italian contexts; it begins to appear in English cookery books c.1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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