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The Asst. Team Manager at the OT WH is very enthusiastic about a domestic prosciuttio also available in her department, one that Mario Batali likes. (Is it from Seattle?) Again, thanks.

The name of the brand is La Quercia and it's made in Iowa. Apparently, Batali is going to start using it in his restaurants. I haven't tried it yet, but it's getting rave reviews from Steve Jenkins, Charlie Trotter, and Jeffrey Steingarten.

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The name of the brand is La Quercia and it's made in Iowa. Apparently, Batali is going to start using it in his restaurants. I haven't tried it yet, but it's getting rave reviews from Steve Jenkins, Charlie Trotter, and Jeffrey Steingarten.

I tried it at the fancy foods show last year. It is quite good but the hams I had were more in the style of Culatello than Prosciutto. I don't know that it has any commercial distribution yet, but they are planning on going thru a well know national distributor and should be available. The pork is Niman Ranch.

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I happened to be in Iowa City last week and saw some La Quercia at the meat counter of a Whole Foods-y type store. They were nice enough to let me sample it.

Hard to tell from just the one piece, but I liked it. Maybe softer and a little moister than what I usually have around here, but I might have gotten an especially fatty slice.

Anyway, quite tasty.

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Unexpected taste test opportunity last night. La Quercia is on the menu at Agraria as part of the charcuterie plate, along with an Italian proscuitto (no details, sorry -- all we got was "Iowa" and "Italy.")

Tasted a slice of each side by side. Could detect no difference at all, though I am obviously not a specialist. This was much less fatty than the slice I had in Iowa; the Iowan and Italian slices were both about the same level of fattiness, moisture, salt, flavor, everything. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Hard to tell.

In any case, they were delicious.

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Sorry if this is old news (this is an old thread, and maybe their product is much more widely available now, but it's new to me), but Cork Market carries a speck from La Quercia that is delicious, super moist and rich with a slight smokiness to it. They may have a few other La Quercia products as well.

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