Lovers of Italian foods, the moment has come to rejoice. The United States Department of Agriculture is lifting its longtime ban on Italian cured meats, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The ban will be lifted on May 28th so it won't be long before Americans are able to buy delicacies like Tuscan mortadella, sopresatta and other cured meats that many have only sampled on their travels throughout Italy.
Foodies lucky enough to live on the East coast can buy prosciutto Toscano at Balducci's until mid May. The Washington Post reports Balducci's is selling Tuscan ham at six locations only so you better hurry before it's all gone. Apparently, Wegmans is trying to get their hands on Tuscan ham but it won't happen until later in the year.
If you are not familiar with the wide array of Italian meaty goodness headed across the Atlantic, you can get started with our nifty guide to typical Tuscan cured meats. It includes a complete lowdown on lardo di Colonnata (aromatic lard cured in marble caves), finocchiona (fennel-spiced salami) and Tuscan PDO Ham, which comes from pigs bred in a particular terroir.
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