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Old 05-13-2018, 04:30 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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We used to use pancetta because we couldn't find guanciale locally. After years of looking in Italian groceries, we accidentally found some at an Italian food distributor open to the public on Saturdays. We had just come from our first visit to a Farmer's Market. We were there specifically to get some heritage pork jowls to make it ourselves. After finding the guanciale the jowls were used to make something that we also could never find, Speck. The guanciale has become our go to for several dishes that we had previously used pancetta.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've had giuaciale in Italy and agree it's superior to pancetta. Unfortunately, I've never found it where I've lived. (Yes I could buy it online, but I'm too cheap to pay those ridiculous product plus shipping prices.)

I can find speck, but would rather have prosciutto, which is very similar - just less of a smoky flavor.

Sadly, my culinary selection and kitchen productions are currently limited as a result of trying to lose some weight. (Twenty pounds gone, miles to go.)
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:49 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I've had giuaciale in Italy and agree it's superior to pancetta. Unfortunately, I've never found it where I've lived. (Yes I could buy it online, but I'm too cheap to pay those ridiculous product plus shipping prices.)

I can find speck, but would rather have prosciutto, which is very similar - just less of a smoky flavor.

Sadly, my culinary selection and kitchen productions are currently limited as a result of trying to lose some weight. (Twenty pounds gone, miles to go.)
The speck we made was the German/Austrian style, smoked with alder. I don't know how the Italian version is cured/smoked? I do know that prosciutto is cured and isn't smoked and that we prefer di San Daniele over di Parma.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Switzerland/Ticino
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Spaghetti carbonara need guanciale.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:45 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Spaghetti carbonara need guanciale.
After finally having carbonara with guanciale, I agree!
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