pancetta e prosciutto

  • Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    I notice that bacon and pancetta don't entirely coincide. What is called pancetta in Italy corresponds to streaky bacon, which in the fresh state is called belly pork (at least in BE terminology), as would be expected as belly = pancia, but back bacon obviously isn't from the belly and doesn't seem to have an equivalent in Italy. I may be wrong but I'd say the nearest thing to back bacon in Italy is speck, but this is particularly a smoked meat.
    I'd follow Elisabetta's suggestion!
     

    Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    The rolled pancetta exported from Italy is not smoked, but in Italy you can find it unrolled, either smoked or unsmoked. In my British experience, also bacon can be either smoked or unsmoked.
     
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