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

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
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Historical Examples of risotto

  • The Count looked round anxiously for the coming of his risotto, and, behold!

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • As has been said the sauce can well be used to season spaghetti or risotto.

  • The stock of the veal can be rubbed through a sieve and used for risotto.

  • We had a risotto, golden as the sun of the Midi, fragrant as its kitchens, for our dinner.

    Our House

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • For this risotto either lobster or crab meat can be used: the former is, however, considered more tasty.

British Dictionary definitions for risotto


noun plural -tos

a dish of rice cooked in stock and served variously with tomatoes, cheese, chicken, etc

Word Origin for risotto

C19: from Italian, from riso rice
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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.

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