pro·​sciut·​to | \prō-ˈshü-(ˌ)tō \
plural prosciutti\ prō-​ˈshü-​(ˌ)tē \ or prosciuttos

Definition of prosciutto 

: dry-cured salted Italian ham usually sliced thin

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The menu is remarkably diverse, featuring everything from buffalo Brussels sprouts to a fig and prosciutto flatbread to Spaulding’s Hack salad (similar to a Cobb) to wings to prime rib to a Caribbean jerk pork sandwich to burgers to a quinoa bowl. Teddy Greenstein,, "9 things to know about Caddyshack, Bill Murray and his family's new restaurant in Rosemont," 18 Apr. 2018 This goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast wrapped in a layer of prosciutto will impress your guests. Fox News, "16 decadent Christmas main dishes," 16 Dec. 2015 Yelp users raved about The Italian Deli's hot pastrami sandwich and gelato as well as hot dogs topped with prosciutto, crushed meatballs and reuben sandwich condiments. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Old town Elk Grove deli specializing in loaded hot dogs closes," 4 June 2018 Heritage Foods is an online butcher known for heirloom breeds: Think Red Wattle prosciutto or these mildly gamey Dorset Horn chops. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, "7 Online Butchers That Bring Quality Meat to Your Doorstep," 22 June 2018 Over at the pizza station, ingredients will include prosciutto and smoked salmon. Lauren Delgado,, "Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel will include food hall inspired Urban Pantry," 29 June 2018 Lucky cantaloupe gets to kick it with ribbons of fancy prosciutto. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "You’re Gonna Try This Fruit Salad and You’re Gonna Love It," 21 June 2018 Try today's pizza topped with burrata, onions and prosciutto. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018 Place a slice of prosciutto on top, followed by 3 stalks of asparagus and a scant tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Easter brunch menu is equally special for any spring affair," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of prosciutto

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosciutto

Italian, alteration of presciutto, from pre- (from Latin prae- pre-) + asciutto dried out, from Latin exsuctus, from past participle of exsugere to suck out, from ex- + sugere to suck — more at suck

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