- a usually inexpensive or informal restaurant or cafe specializing in Italian dishes.
Origin of trattoria
Examples from the Web for trattoria
The sun was setting when he got down before the Trattoria del Giardinetto.A Spirit in Prison
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.The Overland Guide-book
- an Italian restaurant
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)).