Massimo Corra makes our coppa in the Val di Non. He first rubs it with cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and star anise and then smokes it. Traditionally smoke was used as a preservative but today smoking is primarily about capturing the aromatic potential of wood - rather than the 'smoked' flavour that can taste so processed. The wood Massimo burns is like an ingredient and his choice of species is completely personal. He uses chestnut and beech, sometimes cherry or hazel but always with juniper berries added for their aromatic pungency.
Try it on a salumi board or wrapped around radicchio and baked (maybe with some cream). Delicious.
Minimum weight 1.5kg