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Porchetta d'Ariccia


One of my first meals after moving to Italy in 2003 was a huge feast at a fraschetta in Ariccia in the Castelli Romani just southeast of Rome. I drove out there with some friends I worked with at the St. Stephen’s School, following the Appia Nuova southeast towards the Alban Hills, through Albano over the bridge I was told was a popular instrument for suicide (I don’t know why but every time I pass over that bridge with someone new, I am related the exact same information), and into Ariccia’s tavern-filled town center. That was the first time I ever ate porchetta, a deboned (and de-hooved) sow filled with a mixture of salt, pepper, fennel, and its own liver, lungs and heart. The meat is rolled tight around the filling, tied with twine, and roasted. As it cooks, the skin forms a crispy crust that insulates the moisture of the meat while the spices and innards become a flavorful paste within. In Ariccia’s frascette, Porchetta is sliced by hand and served on sheets of paper at long, communal tables piled high with other local specialties like copiette, pecorino romano, olive, and salumi. With all this fatty food, it is fortunate that the local red wine, the slightly sweet and effervescent Romanella, flows freely to cleanse the palate and prepare it for more.

2016-01-07T14:38:16+00:00 April 19th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Pizza, Rome & Lazio|11 Comments


  1. Nancy Aiello April 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Ciao Katie,
    We love porchetta from Ariccia and Frascati too!
    Very well done!

  2. thepinkpeppercorn April 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    So excited to have found your blog – it’s FANTASTIC! Especially fun since I’m going to Italy for a month in the summer!!! Thanks for all your hard work!!!!

  3. Katie April 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Nancy! I love the Castelli-used to go all the time and have fallen out of the habit. That’s got to change!

  4. Louie Mele April 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Ciao Katie
    We also love our porchetta from the Deruta area, looking forward to getting back soon.

  5. Katie April 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    @thepinkpeppercorn thanks! love your blog too:)

    @Louie Mele oooh ive never tried it. what is the one from deruta like? does it sound like a similar recipe?

  6. DDelatorre April 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    You cleanse my palate just like Romanella, Katie Parla.

    • Katie April 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Why thank you, Diana. That is very kind of you to say. Do you consider me more red, tannic or effervescent?

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