GUANCIALE, two 1lb whole pieces from 'Nduja Artisans — Berkshire — an Italian-style jowl bacon
Guanciale Two 1lb whole pieces Berkshire
Guanciale is an Italian-style bacon made from the meat of pork jowls — it is a sought-after delicacy in Italy. Made from pasture-raised, antibiotic-free Berkshire breed pork, this Guanciale is hand-coated with fresh cracked pepper, sea salt, garlic, and dry-cured.
The result is a tasty meat with a noticeably richer flavor than typical bacon. Which explains why Guanciale is a favorite with chefs in dishes such as spaghetti alla carbonara and pasta all'amatriciana, and as a flavorful meat seasoning in greens, salads, soups, and chowders.
Antonio Fiasche of Nduja Artisans is a fifth generation curemaster whose family has run Ristorante Agostino in Chicago for over thirty years, without straying far from their Calabrian roots. Everything Antonio creates is based on the best quality ingredients, from pasture-raised, antibiotic free Heritage pigs to chilis sourced from Calabria. Producing charcuterie and other hand-crafted delights with old-school techniques requires one more ingredient — time — and nothing Antonio creates is ever rushed.
Tony is America’s great ambassador to Calabrian tradition, and can often be found at food fairs and festivals, sharing samples of his artistry with adventurous eaters who are always blown away by the intense flavors of his hand-crafted charcuterie, especially his signature ‘nduja, the spicy, spreadable salumi that has become a star as a stand-alone snack, and as an ingredient to heat up pastas and pizzas. For all of his hard work Tony has won numerous awards, including the the Charcuterie Masters Grand Champion in 2016 for his outstanding finocchiona.