[ ri-saw-toh, -soh-toh, -sot-oh; Italian ree-zawt-taw ]

nounItalian Cooking.
  1. a dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese and other ingredients.

Origin of risotto

First recorded in 1850–55; from Italian, derivative of riso “rice”; see rice

Words Nearby risotto

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How to use risotto in a sentence

  • Use this with Mulled Cider and Rum risotto and Floating Islands with Melted Chocolate Morsels (page 37).

    4 Autumnal Desserts | Michel Richard | November 18, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Craven stretched his neck—they were both eating risotto alla Milanese!

    December Love | Robert Hichens
  • If you like, leave out the risotto and serve the veal with Espagnole sauce mixed with cooked peas and chopped truffle.

  • Paolin and Puria, their hands clasped behind them, walked slowly towards the sideboard, lost in contemplation of the risotto pie.

    The Patriot | Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Her husband seized her uplifted arm, signed to her to sniff, and then blew into her wide open mouth the word: "risotto."

    The Patriot | Antonio Fogazzaro
  • After this a steaming risotto, with Scampe, somewhat resembling gigantic prawns.

British Dictionary definitions for risotto


/ (rɪˈzɒtəʊ) /

nounplural -tos
  1. a dish of rice cooked in stock and served variously with tomatoes, cheese, chicken, etc

Origin of risotto

C19: from Italian, from riso rice

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