A mezzaluna (//; Italian: [ˌmɛddzaˈluːna]) is a knife consisting of a single or double curved blade with a handle on each end. It is often used for chopping herbs. Very large single blade versions are sometimes used for pizza. Common uses in Italy include preparation of a soffritto or a pesto, etc.
Mezzaluna means "half moon" in Italian, after the curved shape of the blade, and is the most common name used in the UK. Other names used include herb chopper or hachoir [aʃ.waʁ], which is its French name.
It is also the name of a restaurant chain; for example, both Ron Goldman and his friend, Michael Nigg, had worked at Mezzaluna Trattoria, located at 11750 San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica, as waiters, and Nicole Brown Simpson was a frequent diner there.
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