In the United States, or rather, as far as my father’s philosophy goes… “money is man’s best friend.” However, in Italy, I learned, “A PIG IS MANS BEST FRIEND”. Yes, I admit that they’re relatively cute, however the Italians do not want cuddles, they just want the pig… the entire pig.
Vegans, vegetarians, and other readers whose stomachs may not agree with strange food… mentally or physically… DO NOT read below.
As explained to me, Italians do not waste. Once they butcher the pig, they use the skin for their leather, the meat in various ways: pancetta/bacon, prosciutto, pork chops, etc., pigs feet for soup, and they also use the head… how?
When I was told the name of the food “coppa di testa”, I got a lot of hand motions around the head; so I had a good idea of what I was getting myself into and kindly asked my new Italian friends not to describe the ingredients as I tasted it.
To my surprise, you would never know which ingredients were in this just based on taste alone. Ears, teeth, tongue, the works… everything’s in there. And to be honest, for those of us who indulge in fast food products, we usually abide by the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” anyway. So with that said, I was happy to try something local, unique and delicious. But let’s not get carried away, I’m not about to go MTV: Real World/Road Rules and start munching on cow testicles.