pan·​cet·​ta | \(ˌ)pan-ˈche-tə \

Definition of pancetta 

: unsmoked bacon used especially in Italian cuisine

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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 Stir in pancetta and cook until browned and crispy, stirring occasionally, 8 to 12 minutes. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Diving into the delicious mess that is the artichoke | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Another dish inspired by Italian sojourns is pasta with a sauce of sautéed artichoke hearts and pancetta. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Diving Into the Artichoke, That Delicious Mess," 4 May 2018 Sprinkle it onto pizza dough with pancetta, garlic, and basil. Posie Harwood, Bon Appetit, "Butterkäse: The Best Cheese You’ve Never Tried," 22 Jan. 2018 In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, pecorino cheese, salt and pepper; add spaghetti and pancetta mixture, tossing to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spaghetti Carbonara Skillet Pie," 7 Jan. 2017 Cut the sliced pancetta into 1/2-inch cubes or pieces. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 In this case, that’s a combination of creamy ricotta, sharp herbs and spring-fresh peas, with savory pancetta accents — a combination that calls for a white. David Tanis, New York Times, "Swirling Spring in With the Noodles," 20 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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