La Quercia Meat

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Herb and Kathy Eckhouse founded La Quercia (the Oak in Italian) in 2001 and work in all aspects of the business: selecting and buying pork, salting, trimming, and handling hams. They started La Quercia to create premium quality American prosciutto, then applied what they learned to other cuts of pork.

They developed their own spice blends for our pancetta, lonza, bacon, guanciale, coppa, lardo, and prosciutto piccante. Their appreciation for cured meats grew out of the 3.5 years they lived in Parma, Italy, prosciutto's area of origin, where they saw how the careful treatment of fine materials resulted in an accessible, sublime and entirely regional cuisine. Their ambition to create their own prosciutto came from their desire to take the bounty that surrounds them in Iowa to its highest expression. They seek to contribute to the growth of premium artisan-made American foods by offering unique dry cured meats of the finest quality.

La Quercia means the Oak in Italian. The Oak is a traditional symbol of the province of Parma, and, through its acorns, has been associated with the production of premium dry cured ham for millennia. It is also the state tree of Iowa. The name unites Iowa, Parma, and prosciutto, and is a symbol of patience, persistence, integrity, and beauty — values which guide them

La Quercia meats are award winners and you will not be disappointed when you try them.

La Quercia Cured Meat
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Pancetta Americana, a rolled pancetta (arottollata), is preferred by some because there is no dry surface. The pork is salted, lightly dried, then rolled and put into a casing so that the lean meat is on the inside and develops uniform moisture content. The freshly ground spicing resonates through the meat clearly and pleasantly. For those who want no compromise regarding antibiotics, Iowa-based La Quercia use meat selected to their criteria by specialty pork producer Coleman Natural.

NOTE: We weigh each pancetta before shipping. Because of the variation in the size of the product, we'll charge your credit card according to the weight of the item that will be shipped to you.

All La Quercia Handcrafted Cured Meat
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Pancetta Americana, a rolled pancetta (arottollata), is preferred by some because there is no dry surface. The pork is salted, lightly dried, then rolled and put into a casing so that the lean meat is on the inside and develops uniform... read more
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Speck Americano is a fully aged Prosciutto Americano smoked over apple wood. The evocative aroma of the open fire melds beautifully with the deep sweetness of the pork. This speck is made in Iowa by award-winning cured meat artisans Herb and... read more