The sausage you've never heard of


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Mortandela We're celebrating the pig today at and, in addition to a more philosophical rant punctuated by culatello breaks, I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at a little-known Italian salami that showcases the pig. Mortandela (yes, that is spelled correctly) is an ancient sausage from Trentino’s Val di Non. Almost lost to time, there are currently only a handful of producers making this unique sausage patty, and perhaps only two making it close to the way it was historically made.

I say "close" simply because historically Mortandela, like all sausages, was a way of using up the scraps and less desirable pieces. In contrast, today’s Mortandela is a proud slice of Italian heritage and is made with the prime cuts of pork that are its due. Mortandela is in Italy’s Slow Food Presidio, a collection of foods worth noting and preserving.

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  • Snooth User: hernaro
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    Where can I get mortandella? I am in Michigan.

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Sevillano
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    I am in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where can I get mortandella

    Jan 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I don't know. Best plan would be too contact Dal Massimo Golso directly.

    Maybe they have an export agent or know of someone bringing it in to the US.

    Jan 17, 2011 at 7:13 PM

  • Snooth User: Pietro22
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    Bad news: there is NO such thing as MORTANDELA...
    Gregory del Piaz, get it straight... it is Mortadella (Spanglish and Italian DON'T mix ! ) Thank you. :(

    By the way ... it is Culatella - ending with an A ... you are embarrrasssing.....

    Jan 18, 2011 at 6:44 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Sorry Pietro but you are wrong on both counts

    Please refer to these two pages for additional information.

    Jan 18, 2011 at 7:02 AM

  • Snooth User: cimbarn
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    Greg, the people in Caldonazzo, nearby Levico where I was born, claims that the Mortandela is their typical specialty. Look at this site:

    Saluti, Pier

    Jan 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

  • Snooth User: gaskvg
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    Never heard of mortandella, though Mortadella is a famous Italian sausage.

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM

  • Snooth User: cimbarn
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    Pietro, Greg is correct on both Culatello and Mortandela or Mortandele, plural mostly used because the size, people buy and eat more than one.

    gaskvg, same thing for you. The Mortandele or Mortandela is a very typical kind of sausage started in Caldonazzo (Valsugana, Trentino)

    Jan 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

  • Snooth User: Amancio
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    Mr Gregory and Cimbarn
    What´s funny is that you mispelled mortadella and insisted that mortandela is correct !!?? In Internet we find mortandela de caldonazzo but mortadella is the thing internationally known. It seems that mortandela only exists in Caldonazzo.
    Are we talking about the same thing ??
    PS: but you article is very good. Stick to it ans dont get involved with spelling. It is not your area.

    Jan 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

  • Snooth User: cimbarn
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    Amancio, no mispelling here from our side. Greg wrote an article about Mortandela, not Mortadella. Two different things, and nobody should try to make a pointless point. I thought this is an enrichment based blog. Just enjoy a free education and glad you discovered Mortandela.
    Take care.

    Jan 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

  • What a tease! I've searched and can't find it anywhere!

    Jan 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

  • Where can I get it I'm in Fort Lauderdale FL. 386-295-7446 Mike

    Feb 08, 2011 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: gauner
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    Mortandela is a made in Tirol, you should be able to find some similar at a German grocery store. We have equal in Franconia and Thuringia.

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:31 PM

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