Paella, is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near the Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia.Paella is a word in Valencian dialect, which derives from the Old French word paelle for pan, which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan.
The word paella is also related to paila used in many Latin American countries. Paila in the Spanish language of Latin America refers to a variety of cookware resembling metal and clay pans, which are also used for both cooking and serving.
The Latin root patella from which paella derives is also akin to the modern French poêle the Italian padella and the Old Spanish padilla.
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