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Mar 22, 2011 10:33 PM

Guanciale at Russo's in the East Village

Russo's, the Italian deli on 11th st. just west of 1st. Ave. now carries guanciale.
This delicious cured hog jowl is the traditional meat used in spaghetti alla carbonara and pasta all'amatriciana. Try it and you'll never go back to using pancetta or bacon.
There's not as much demand for guanciale as there should be, so let's all buy it so Russo's keeps carrying it!

Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta
344 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Noted! Good tip. Remember how much / pound?

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    1. re: michelleats

      $14.95 a pound, I think. But you can buy as little as a quarter pound.
      I hope nobody is put off by the fact that it looks like it's mainly fat (the guy at Russo's said that some customers were) it's incredibly flavorful and makes almost anything taste better. I haven't tried guanciale ice cream yet, but I've heard tell of it.

      1. re: hungrycomposer

        Oh we'll need a lot more than a quarter pound... :)

        1. re: hungrycomposer

          It looks like it's mainly fat because it is mainly fat, and for many, so much the better.

      2. Murray's, in the West Village, has had it too.

        Murray's Cheese
        254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        1. The meat market in the Chelsea Market has it also. And if you like Guanciale try the Guanacale dish at Crispo with a spicy tomato based sauce it is fantastic...


          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          Dickson's Farmstand Meats
          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: bklynsausage

            Spaghetti a la carbonara made with guanciale is vastly superior to carbonara with pancetta. I was stunned that Eataly did not have it when I went the first month it was open - don't know if they've gotten it since. I know that they carry it at Biellese Salumeria, 378 Eighth Ave. @ 29th St., and I hope to try Murray's Milano's guanciale soon.

            Salumeria Biellese
            376 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: bergerqueen

              Nobody seems to have it all of the time. That's why I wrote about Russo's. If we create a demand, there could be a more reliable supply. Sometimes DiPalo's has it in stock, but last time I bought it from them, it had the flat pieces of hog jowl rolled into a big cylinder like pancetta.

              Di Palo's Fine Foods
              200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013