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Rolled pancetta
Rolled smoked pancetta
Pizza prepared with sliced rolled pancetta

Pancetta (Italian pronunciation: [panˈt͡ʃetːa]) is Italian bacon made of pork belly meat that is salt cured and spiced with black pepper and sometimes other spices.


For cooking, it is often cut into cubes. It is also served as a cold cut, sliced thin.


The two basic types of pancetta are the arrotolata (rolled) and stesa (flat). The arrotolata is mainly used sliced as part of antipasti, the stesa is often used chopped as ingredient in many recipes.

The rolled type is typical of northern Italy,[1] while the flat is typical of the center and south.[2]

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  • Media related to Pancetta at Wikimedia Commons