Pancetta Stesa - Rare Breed Cinta Senese Pig
Brothers Riccardo, Leonardo and Valerio Rosati breed black Cinta Senese pigs on their farm just outside of Chianciano in southern Tuscany. They produce wine, olive oil and excellent salumi from pigs living free range in mixed Mediterranean woodland. Foraging plays an important part in the diet of these pigs and the effect of eating so many nuts, roots and berries is to make their fat largely unsaturated and very high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.
Their pancetta stesa is amazing. Normally just a cooking staple, this Cinta Senese pancetta is incredibly tender and can also be eaten just like prosciutto. The double bonds that form the structure of polyunsaturated fats make for this very soft fat with a really low melting point; all you need is a sharp knife and some hot toast for the perfect aperitivo nibble. We think it's the best pancetta stesa we've ever had