Delicious, savory, and deeply meaty, Pancetta is one of our favorite cured meats. This Italian mainstay is the perfect addition to your dishes for a robust punch of flavor. Our fantastic assortment of Pancetta is sourced from the finest purveyors around the world. From the usual Mediterranean producers to exciting new options from the United States, if there’s a gourmet possibility out there, we have it! From paper-thin slices perfect for wrapping around vegetables or meat, to conveniently cubed options ready to be thrown into risottos, pasta, and stews, our delicious selection is the perfect addition to so many of your favorite recipes.
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Pancetta is often referred to as the Italian cousin of American bacon and is often used interchangeably with it, however, the two are very different products boasting flavors and textures all their own. Pancetta is typically taken from the belly of the hog and is then seasoned with a traditional blend of warming spices featuring ground black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Left to cure for months, this entire process is done specifically to intensify those delicious umami flavors already intrinsic to pork. Once successfully cured, the Pancetta is then rolled into a log before it is sliced into paper-thin slivers, that show off the meat's signature swirl. At Gourmet Wholesaler, we carry a huge variety of Pancetta, from the entire log, ready to be sliced up at your discretion, to pre-sliced and cubed options. With its bright, deep red color, and amazing flavor and consistency, this specialty cured meat is one of a kind. With a clean finish and a naturally sweet character, we like to use it to flavor bean and pasta-based dishes, or slipped into the center of a grilled cheese sandwich for a quick and simple upgrade. Intensely savory, this salty meat also pairs beautifully with sweet foods. Try matching it with rich fruit like melon or pineapple for a great contrast of flavors.