Salumi Piacentini DOP

The province of Piacenza is the only one in Italy that can boast three cured meats recognized with the Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) mark

Presentation

Only cured meats located in the Province of Piacenza and recognized by the control system can produce DOP cured meats from Piacenza, and therefore use the denomination for: Coppa Piacentina DOP, Pancetta Piacentina DOP and Salame Piacentino DOP.

At the beginning of the fifteenth century, shopkeepers from Milan and, generally, Lombardy, openly preferred these three meat products from Piacenza as opposed to those from other areas of the Po valley, qualifying them as “stuff of Piasenza”. These meats were already well known in the neighbouring states to the Duchy of Piacenza, in the first decades of the eighteenth century, as well as in the elite circles of France and Spain, thanks to the skilled Piacenza diplomat Cardinal Giulio Alberoni.

Despite future innovations, the various preparatory stages of good, cured meat – not only at the artisan level but also at the industrial level – remained linked to traditional methods.

The Consorzio dei Salumi Piacentini was founded in 1971. Its purpose is to promote the three cured meats, increase their reputation in Italy and abroad, extend their knowledge, improve their prestige and, finally, promote their consumption.

Description of the 3 cold cuts from Piacenza:

  • Coppa Piacentina DOP is cylindrical with a weight greater than 1.5 kg. When cut, the slice is compact and homogeneous; the colour is bright red, interspersed with parts of pink fat.
  • Salame Piacentino DOP is also cylindrical, with a weight ranging from 400 g to 1 kg. The pinkish-white lardons of fat, typical of this coarse-grained salami, are distinguishable and well distributed in the bright-coloured lean part of the salami.
  • Pancetta Piacentina DOP, cylindrical in shape, has a variable weight between 4 and 8 kg. The slice is characterized by the typical alternation of circular layers of bright red and pinkish-white when cut.
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