One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of light pink, smooth-textured Italian sausage containing pieces of fat, typically served in slices.
- ‘His antipasto misto was an impressive-looking plate-filling selection of cold meats and salad, featuring salami, mortadella and parma ham, which she set about with gusto before pronouncing herself full and happy.’
- ‘At the deli counter or in the refrigerator case: Cured meats such as prosciutto, coppa, mortadella, salami, and Italian sausage’
- ‘Then we would go to the butcher's and buy a hunk of mortadella.’
- ‘There's a choice of Italian cold cuts - you know the list, capicollo to mortadella to prosciutto - served on crusty fresh bread.’
- ‘Then one friend bit into the Gustoso - layers of mortadella, Genoa salami, and provolone on a crusty brown Vienna roll.’
- ‘Add to the mashed potatoes the nutmeg, parsley, chopped onions, spinach and mortadella.’
- ‘Top with tomato, ham, mortadella, add onion, sliced mushrooms or pineapple.’
- ‘We love the smooth mortadella dotted with silky squares of fat, and the other house-cured meats, but with all this wine - sixteen by the glass - where's the cheese?’
- ‘The starter was priced at €14 and consisted of generous portions of mortadella, salami, delicious olives, smoky cheese, Brie, cheddar, pickled peppers, cornichon, superb ham and a chalky blue cheese.’
Italian diminutive, formed irregularly from Latin murtatum ‘(sausage) seasoned with myrtle berries’.
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