[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trattoria


/ (ˌtrætəˈrɪə) /


an Italian restaurant

Word Origin for trattoria

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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