from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Southwestern U.S. A usually peeled limb or stick used as a ceiling material, as between beams or vigas.
American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish lata, small stick, from Vulgar Latin *latta, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Wisely, the view of the dramatically illuminated boulders, the striking spruce trunk in the center of the room and the signature wooden roof whose narrow spokes - "latilla" in Spanish - give the restaurant its name, remain unmolested.