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Pancetta Tesa

Or Rigatino, or Carnesecca


Pancetta tesa, or rigatino, or carne secca

Pancetta tesa, or rigatino, or carne secca

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Pancetta is made from pork side, the same cut used to make bacon. However, it's not smoked, and there's no sugar involved. Just garlic, salt and spices, in particular a liberal dose of freshly ground pepper. It's almost always used as an ingredient in other dishes, sometimes providing flavor, and other times taking a commanding role, for example pasta alla carbonara or a rich pasta all'arrabbiata.

A general overview of salumi, Italian cold cuts.
Affettati Misti, a mixed cold cut antipasto
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