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This article is about the food. For the 15th-century painter, see Vittore Carpaccio.
Carpaccio cipriani.jpg
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Place of origin Italy
Main ingredients Raw meat or fish (beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna)
Cookbook: Carpaccio  Media: Carpaccio

Carpaccio (UK /kɑːrˈpæi/ or US /kɑːrˈpɑː/; Italian pronunciation: [karˈpattʃo]) is a dish of raw meat or fish[1] (such as beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna), thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer. It is the international name of a typical Italian dish made with raw meat which was invented and popularised in the second half of the twentieth century by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice. It was named after the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio and the beef was served with lemon, olive oil, and white truffle or Parmesan cheese. Later, the term was extended to dishes containing other raw meats or fish, thinly sliced and served with lemon or vinegar, olive oil, salt and ground pepper.


Carpaccio is the international name of a typical Italian dish made with raw meat. The dish was proposed with this name for the first time in Venice, at the time of an exhibition dedicated to Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio which took place in 1963.

The dish, based on the Piedmont speciality carne cruda all'albese, was invented and popularised by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice. He originally prepared the dish for the countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo[2] when he learned that the doctors had recommended that she eat raw meat.[3] The dish was named carpaccio after Vittore Carpaccio, the Venetian painter known for the characteristic red and white tones of his work.[2]


Piedmont carpaccio

The typical Piedmont carpaccio is made with very thin slices of beef placed on a dish with lemon, olive oil, and shavings of white truffle or Parmesan cheese, and can be topped with arugula.

The meat typically used for carpaccio is beef sirloin. Since this dish is served raw, the meat must be fresh. Less commonly, reflecting Piedmont tradition, carpaccio can also be made with minced meat and garlic, called "carne cruda".


Today the term carpaccio is sometimes used for any preparation made with thinly sliced raw meat, fish or vegetables (usually seasoned with lemon, or vinegar, olive oil, salt and ground pepper) or fruit. Carpaccio is also a popular appetizer in neighbouring Friuli and Slovenia, where it is usually served on rucola with a slice of lemon, Parmesan cheese, and toasted French bread.

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  1. ^ Oxford Dictionaries:
  2. ^ a b Cipriani, Arrigo (1996). Harry's Bar: The Life and Times of the Legendary Venice Landmark. New York: Arcade. ISBN 1-55970-259-1. 
  3. ^ Beef carpaccio with rocket - The Times Online