AskDefine | Define trattoria

User Contributed Dictionary

Italian

Noun

  1. small, or simple restaurant

Extensive Definition

A trattoria is an Italian style of restaurant, less formal than a ristorante. There are generally no printed menus, the service is casual, the prices low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. The food is modest but plentiful and is served family-style (i.e. at common tables).
Optionally, trattoria food may be bought in containers for taking home. The word is cognate with the French word traiteur — meaning a catering business whose (almost) sole raison d'être is take-out food.
trattoria in German: Trattoria
trattoria in Spanish: Trattoria
trattoria in Italian: Trattoria

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

automat, beanery, bistro, buffet, buvette, cafe, cafeteria, canteen, cantina, chophouse, chuck wagon, coffee shop, coffeehouse, coffeeroom, cookhouse, cookshack, cookshop, diner, dining hall, dining room, dog wagon, drive-in, drive-in restaurant, eatery, eating house, fast-food chain, grill, grillroom, hamburger stand, hash house, hashery, hot-dog stand, kitchen, lunch counter, lunch wagon, luncheonette, lunchroom, mess hall, pizzeria, quick-lunch counter, restaurant, smorgasbord, snack bar, tavern, tearoom
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