/Er Panino co' la Mortazza

Er Panino co' la Mortazza


Mortazza, the Roman term for mortadella, is a cooked salami produced all over centrally Italy from Lazio to Emilia-Romagna. For lack of a better description, it is like a very foncy bologna that adheres to strict production standards. The pink meat is studded with chunks of fat and sometimes truffles, peppercorns, or pistachios, which lend their potent flavors to an otherwise mild pork product. In Rome, the quintessential afternoon snack is er panino co la mortazza, thin slices of (ideally hand cut) mortadellaserved on hot pizza bianca. Fight the impulse to devour the entire sandwich right away. Wait until the mortazza fat melts into the crevices of the bread for best results.

In Rome, my favorite places for er panino co’ la mortazza are Roscioli (both Pietro and Marco) and Forno Campo de’ Fiori. For something a bit more elegant, head to Casa Bleve where truffled mortadella cubes are served at aperitivo.

2016-01-07T14:37:31+00:00 November 14th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Rome & Lazio|6 Comments


  1. Nonna November 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    you make me so hungry-I have to wear a bib every time I look at this site 🙂

    • Katie November 14, 2009 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nonna! I take that as a serious compliment.

  2. Michelle November 18, 2009 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Looks incredible. I love your site. It makes me want to come to Italy. I’ve only been to San Remo- does that count?!

  3. The Oil Smuggler December 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    […] true. Their moms would do the packing. But they gladly transported the goods, nibbling on their mortadella sandwiches between meals at really terrible Italian restaurants. This still makes me laugh. The notion that […]

  4. Parla Food and Do Bianchi Visit the Papa September 23, 2010 at 12:47 am - Reply

    […] can share. Jeremy and I ordered two pies–the classic margherita and a pizza with mushrooms, mortadella and Bronte […]

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