Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being or served with a spicy sauce of tomatoes, garlic, and hot chili pepper.
  • noun Arrabbiata sauce.

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  • adjective Cooked in a hot, fiery style with garlic, tomatoes, and chilli.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Italian all'arrabbiata : alla, in the manner of (a, at, by, in + la, the) + arrabbiata, fit of rage (in reference to the hot chili peppers used in such dishes) (from arrabbiare, to enrage, from Vulgar Latin *arrabiāre : Latin ad-, ar-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *rabia, rabies, rage; see rage).]

Examples

  • And yeah, I could have changed it to penne arrabbiata.

    Ben Folds And Nick Hornby: The Limits Of Lyrics

  • And yeah, I could have changed it to penne arrabbiata.

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  • As the meal moved slowly along and the last hours of daylight thinned, as the adults were served the next coursetwo pastas, arrabbiata and boscaiola Yes, Ill have both, I told Nadya, S, s, tutti e duethe conversation turned, naturally enough, to golf.

    The Italian Summer

  • Arrabbiarsi means to lose ones temper something I did not see Andrus or Elsa do, even when their games faltered, so pasta arrabbiata is angry pasta, I suppose, though hot, with its dual associations of anger and spiciness, might serve as a better English translation.

    The Italian Summer

  • As always, Amanda stopped drinking after the first glass, but once the pinot grigio was finished, Andrus, Elsa, and I moved on with enthusiasm to a bottle Marissa suggested, a weighty Veneto merlot that went well with the arrabbiata.

    The Italian Summer

  • Arrabbiarsi means to lose ones temper something I did not see Andrus or Elsa do, even when their games faltered, so pasta arrabbiata is angry pasta, I suppose, though hot, with its dual associations of anger and spiciness, might serve as a better English translation.

    The Italian Summer

  • As always, Amanda stopped drinking after the first glass, but once the pinot grigio was finished, Andrus, Elsa, and I moved on with enthusiasm to a bottle Marissa suggested, a weighty Veneto merlot that went well with the arrabbiata.

    The Italian Summer

  • As the meal moved slowly along and the last hours of daylight thinned, as the adults were served the next coursetwo pastas, arrabbiata and boscaiola Yes, Ill have both, I told Nadya, S, s, tutti e duethe conversation turned, naturally enough, to golf.

    The Italian Summer

  • As the meal moved slowly along and the last hours of daylight thinned, as the adults were served the next coursetwo pastas, arrabbiata and boscaiola Yes, Ill have both, I told Nadya, S, s, tutti e duethe conversation turned, naturally enough, to golf.

    The Italian Summer

  • As always, Amanda stopped drinking after the first glass, but once the pinot grigio was finished, Andrus, Elsa, and I moved on with enthusiasm to a bottle Marissa suggested, a weighty Veneto merlot that went well with the arrabbiata.

    The Italian Summer

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  • Italian for "angry." Also a spicy tomato sauce: All'arrabbiata means "angry style" (the sauce is made with garlic, tomatoes, and red chili, cooked in olive oil).

    October 14, 2007

  • I thought it meant "rabid," like so angry you're rabid. Well, even if it doesn't, that's how I remember what it means... Are they from the same root? Or I'm just crazy...?

    October 14, 2007

  • I think they are from the same Latin root, yes--meaning to rave or rage.

    Oh, and you're also crazy. In a good way. :-)

    October 14, 2007