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

Examples from the Web for trattoria

Historical Examples of trattoria

  • The sun was setting when he got down before the Trattoria del Giardinetto.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • A little beneath this, and on a black board, scrawled with letters of unequal size, is the word 'Trattoria' or eating-house.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • They had eaten leisurely and at home, or in the caff or trattoria before ten o'clock, the hour prescribed.

  • It ended in food being sent in from a neighboring cook-shop, or trattoria, and served upon her bedroom table.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • A note of charges for the trattoria, and for the hire of furniture, will be furnished to the passengers, on their applying for it.

British Dictionary definitions for trattoria



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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