pan·​cet·​ta | \ (ˌ)pan-ˈche-tə How to pronounce pancetta (audio) \

Definition of pancetta

: unsmoked bacon used especially in Italian cuisine

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The good: the option of seared jumbo scallops on bucatini Amatriciana (San Marzano tomatoes with pancetta and pecorino) was a pairing that worked, with the lean brininess of the sea mixing well with the fatty, salty richness of the pork and cheese. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Talento, Tuscan Prime, Piazza Italia. A trio of new Italian restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard," 7 Aug. 2019 Calling to me most right now are agnolotti stuffed with herbed goat cheese and brightened with flowers, and shells that catch their topping of pancetta, escarole and sunny egg so that every bite delivers carbonara bliss. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat (and drink) right now — plus one to avoid," 24 June 2019 The customer favorite is the farm burger, which adds English sharp cheddar, a fried egg and duck-breast bacon, which tastes like pancetta and adds a great saltiness. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Yield: 4-6 servings America’s favorite sandwich gets an Italian makeover, with pasta standing in for the bread, pancetta for the bacon and spicy arugula for the lettuce. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Finding pancetta — Italian bacon, usually unsmoked — can be a bit more difficult, but regular smoked bacon is a fine substitute. David Tanis, New York Times, "Swirling Spring in With the Noodles," 20 Apr. 2018 Gnocchi alla romana, consisting of pancetta, smoked ricotta, peas and carrots, is among the dishes at the Allora restaurant in East Sacramento. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants," 11 May 2018 Add pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 In this recipe from Estela and Cafe Altro Paradiso chef Ignacio Mattos, the soft malfatti (made of ricotta, Parmesan, flour, and egg) are combined with a creamy butter sauce, cherry tomatoes, and pancetta. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Make Malfatti: Fluffy Ricotta Dumplings That Are So Much Easier Than Gnocchi," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pancetta

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pancetta

Italian, from diminutive of pancia belly, paunch, from Latin pantic-, pantex

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English Language Learners Definition of pancetta

: a kind of Italian bacon

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