I was a vegetarian from the age of about 7 to 25.
In between, I dabbled in veganism while my parents waited for me to out grow my meat-free phase.
It was hardly a “phase,” but when I moved to Rome, I dropped it.
In Italy (and now in general), I eat meat in moderation.
I would rather eat a small bit of high quality, ethically raised meat, than overindulge in less sustainable meals.
For me, that means going to my local butcher and chatting about what is good that day.
But for cured meats? Well, you need an expert for that.
Between the touristy resturants and changing market stalls of Campo de’ Fiori, you can find Antica Norcineria Viola.
The term “norcineria” comes from Norcia – a town in Umbria. Well known for its boar and pork products, and shop that sells cured pork and sausages came to be known as a norcineria.
Viola has been family owned for more than 100 years. It is the perfect place to stop to satisfy any cravings for speck, prosciutto, mortadella, salami and much more.
The narrow shop as all the traditional favorites as well as some gourmet options like truffle studded salami.
Don’t feel you have to buy a full pig leg – the meat at Norcineria Viola is cut to order, and most people order in 100 g increments. (Also knows as an ‘etto’).
Antica Norcineria Viola
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 43
00186 Rome, Italy (Centro Storico)