Traditionally, a trattoria in Italy, is considered one notch below a "ristorante" in price and fanciness of surroundings. An informal atmosphere. Sometimes are considered "holes-in-the-walls."
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A trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria. There are generally no printed menus, the service is casual, wine is sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, prices are low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. The food is modest but plenti
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