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16:48 Oct 24, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Italian term or phrase: trattoria
What is a "Trattoria" in ITaly?

It can be no more then 20 words. I'm trying to win a contest.

Thanks Christine

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naehm... let's see...
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nafolk restaurantMarco Massignan



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folk restaurant

A "trattoria" is a folk or popular restaurant with a homely atmosphere, usually run by a family. In it you'll find a typical Italian cuisine.

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Marco Massignan
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1 day12 hrs
ehm... let's see...

there is no single word which can convey this word, let's try a few. Keep in mind that "trattoria" is sometimes used to give the impression of "home cooking", family-run, family atmosphere, when in fact the place is a and remains, for all practical purposes, a restaurant. Choosing the right name depends on the image the restaurant wants to convey to the public:
"trattoria" (I would consider leaving like it is; do a web search and you'll see)
family restaurant
regional cuisine
home cooking
diner (except that it is so heavily connotated in US English)
take out (in the French sense of "traiteur"; again search the web)
La trattoria restaurant (I found one mexican site by this name);
(what's the contest?)
Paola L M

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