Lardo

Lardo is a type of salume (Italian charcuterie) made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices.

The most famous lardo is from the Tuscan hamlet of Colonnata, where lardo has been made since Roman times. Colonnata is a frazione of the larger city of Carrara, which is famous for its marble; Colonnata is itself a site where Carrara marble is mined and, traditionally, lardo is cured for months in basins made of this local marble.

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My favorite use for this is to place a couple of thin slices on top of halibut that just came out of the oven.

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