Veal Rollatini is an interesting dish to me, not only because it is delicious, but because of the name. Veal, chicken or eggplant rollatini dishes are common on the menus of Italian-American restaurants. As the word rollatini might imply, these dishes consist of the main ingredient stuffed and rolled up. However, if you look in an Italian dictionary the word rollatini is nowhere to be found. The correct term is involtini. So, in Italy a dish made in this style is called involtini as in my Involtini di Pesce Spada .
I’m not sure where the term rollatini originated. Perhaps, some early Italian-American chef thought the name would be more intuitive to American diners. Or it could be dialect from a specific area in Italy. If anyone has any thoughts or insight please share in the comments. Anyway, Veal Rollatini is what it was called on my Dad’s menu so I am sticking with it. If you want you can call this an Italian-American dish.