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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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 Selections vary daily, with 20 creative topping combinations (crispy pancetta and scrambled eggs, paper-thin potato slices and rosemary, sometimes even fish roe) sold by weight. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 Before tucking into the slow-roasted turkey with apple-chestnut stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes with brown butter, swing for pumpkin risotto with pancetta; and later, for the dolce, an olive oil and dried fruit cake with crème fraîche gelato. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 His shakshuka, which comes with merguez, has been praised as one of the best in Montreal; his French toast features challah, a fried egg, maple syrup, and—the pièce de résistance—veal pancetta. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 Organic, free-range eggs have starring roles in dishes such as frittatina (with chives, ricotta di bufala cheese and fresh herbs) or Uova in Camicia (poached eggs with traditional Sardinian flatbread, tomato, relish, pancetta, and pecorino cheese). Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Top with pancetta and/or garnish, if desired, with chives and cayenne pepper. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 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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