One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drink of very strong, concentrated espresso coffee.
- ‘But all of you knew that didn't you, you are probably drinking a ristretto in Galleria as you read (I know I probably am).’
- ‘When I once asked him to make it a little stronger, or to make ristretto (shorter, more concentrate than a standard espresso), he looked at me in shocked offence.’
From Italian (caffè) ristretto, literally ‘concentrated (coffee)’, from restringere ‘concentrate, reduce’.
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