Definition of pancetta in English:

pancetta

noun

mass noun
  • Italian cured belly of pork.

    • ‘Then, in a glass bowl, mix the ground pancetta and prosciutto with the ground Italian sausage.’
    • ‘The menu is filled with stylish comfort foods like liver and onions, wood-smoked pork chops, and shell steak smothered in crisps of pancetta.’
    • ‘My favourite piece of meat for this recipe is a good chunk of salt belly or pancetta with the skin still on.’
    • ‘I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.’
    • ‘These pancetta and capers crostini were one of the two ‘bar course’ items I served on Saturday night.’
    • ‘Add the hot, drained pasta to the sausage and pancetta over medium heat, tossing until well-coated.’
    • ‘Speck is smoke and herb cured and more closely resembles Prosciutto Crudo than regular pancetta.’
    • ‘Today, use such cured meats as ham, prosciutto, bacon, and pancetta for the hints of salt, nuts, and spice that curing imparts.’
    • ‘The Italian pancetta and the Spanish tocino are both usually unsmoked; when smoked, the name ‘bacon’ is often used in either language.’
    • ‘We had them fried in bacon fat the other night, with some garlic croutons and pancetta piled on top of some soft, green chicory leaves.’

Origin

Italian, diminutive of pancio ‘belly’.

Pronunciation

pancetta

/panˈ(t)ʃɛtə/