Niman Ranck Pancetta
Dice and sauté with diced onion as a basis for risi-bisi.
But for pasta all' Amatriciana I prefer to use guanciale--I order it from Salumi, Armandino Batali's company in Seattle. Niman occasionally makes guanciale but I like Salumi's much more--better balance of fat and lean, tastier seasonings.
I've ordered rolls of pancetta from Niman Ranch. It is excellent. I cut the roll into two inch round chunks, wrap them individually and freeze.
Use for other pasta: bucatini alla matricianna; chicken chunks, pancette, mushrooms, etc
Slice thin and wrap around quail, grill or saute.
Wrap around pieces of monkfish for brochette, salmon filet and grilled
Cut into lardon and saute them for salad; for bread stuffings.
Pancetta vinaigrette for salad of baby greens (baby spinach), sliced mushrooms, etc.; for potato salad; great over grilled or baked raddichio
Substitute for salt pork for for coq au vin, boeuf bourguignonne; chicken caccciatore