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

  • n. A French open-faced sandwich, especially one with a rich or fancy spread.


French, from Old French, diminutive of tarte, tart; see tart2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The name tartine comes from the verb tartiner, “to spread.”


  • The printed menu offers a selection of tartine—toasts with toppings such as cantal cheese and prosciutto ($7), cheese ($7 each) and charcuterie ($8 each).

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  • Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal The printed menu offers a selection of tartine—toasts with toppings such as cantal cheese and prosciutto.

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  • Café des Amis serves "a treasure trove of forgotten dishes," said Mr. Drysdale, with lunchtime favorites including a quiche Florentine made with a traditional custard, chicken paillard with duck-fat croutons and a grilled beef tartine.

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  • Last night's dinner was $45 per person, and the menu included an appetizer of apricots and prosciutto with burrata, roasted dates, cardamom and marcona almonds; a choice of either market fish with sweet corn and fresh garbanzos, with lamb's quarters and chili-cumin butter or slow-roasted Colorado lamb over fava tartine with preserved lemon, black olives and purslane salad.

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  • The tartine de gigot d'agneu is prepared with a leg of lamb, herbed goat cheese, arugula, tapenade and rosemary jus.

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  • Recipe of the day: Roasted tomato and eggplant tartine.


  • Try it with the roast chicken tartine, piled high with shaved fennel and herb mayo $13.50

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  • Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal Tartinery is a modern French bisto in Nolita where the emphasis is on the tartine, an open-faced sandwich.

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  • But the real star of the day was the ricotta tartine with mission fig, black pepper and honey.

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  • (n): a slice of bread or pastry spread or sometimes filled with butter, jam, cream filling, etc.

    January 7, 2009