mor·​ta·​del·​la | \ ˌmȯr-tə-ˈde-lə How to pronounce mortadella (audio) \

Definition of mortadella

: a large smoked sausage made of beef, pork, and pork fat and seasoned with pepper and garlic

Examples of mortadella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the Sprezzatura — aside from being the best name for a pizza in town — evokes the studied ease of its namesake, sheets of mellow mortadella touched with just a faint drizzle of pistachio pesto. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Looking for new dining options? Here are 3 brand new metro Phoenix restaurants," 7 June 2020 His is crafted from the usual suspects: cured meats such as mortadella and soppressata, along with provolone cheese and the makings of an olive relish. Kate Krader,, "The Sandwich to End All Sandwiches, Direct From a Top Chef’s Fridge," 14 May 2020 Pick a protein Bring on the deli meats (salami! prosciutto! mortadella!) and tinned fish (anchovies! octopus! mussels escabeche!), and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Snack Plates Are the Low-Key Dinner Strategy We Need Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 All of the tweaks make for a pretty great sub, stacked with thick slices of mortadella, capicola, salami and provolone. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to find the best Italian sub sandwiches in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 2020 The salami, mortadella and capicola are razor-thin. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to find the best Italian sub sandwiches in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 2020 One notable pinsa option is the Mortadella, with mortadella sausage, mascarpone cream and crumbled pistachio. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "This popular Phoenix chef is opening a new pizza restaurant. Here's what to expect," 6 Mar. 2020 Head to your local market deli for mortadella, Genoa salami, pagnotta, and prosciutto and let the layering begin alternating between meats, garlic mayonnaise, and olive spread for a majorly filling meal. Dallas News, "Hearty Soups and Sandwiches To Keep Your Lazy Sundays Warm," 24 Jan. 2020 Originally a peasant sausage, ‘nduja is composed of back fat, belly and trimmings of lean meat — the same mix used to produce mortadella. Los Angeles Times, "‘Nduja: Calabria’s prized spicy salumi," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mortadella

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortadella

Italian, from Latin murtatum sausage seasoned with myrtle berries, from murtus myrtle

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“Mortadella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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