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MARCELLO’S CORNER
Ciao! My name is Marcello and I am a native of Tuscany, Italy.
I have been involved with the art of charcuterie for almost my entire life so it is no wonder I have found my second home at Daniele, Inc. I have been working here for over three decades and have loved every minute! The best part about my job is sharing my knowledge about dry-cured meats so that everyone can enjoy them just as much as my family and I do.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about
charcuterie, but were too afraid to ask...

What is dry-cured?
Dry-curing is an ancient method used to preserve meat. Using minimal ingredients, air and a lot of time, meat is preserved without the use of water, fire or any other cooking method. At Daniele, Inc., after applying ingredients such as sea salt and pepper, our products are hung to dry in a temperature controlled environment. The process naturally dries out the pork resulting in delicious gourmet treats that are safe to consume. Check out our video clip from Discovery™ Channel’s television show, How Stuff Works and see the process for yourself!
What do the words charcuterie and salumi mean?
Charcuterie is the French term for dry-cured meats such as prosciutto, capocollo, salame, etc. Salumi is the Italian word for charcuterie. A salumeria is a place where dried meats are sold.
Do I need to cook charcuterie before eating?
No. Due to the dry-curing process, Daniele, Inc. dry sausages and Del Duca® prosciuttos are completely safe to eat right from the deli or out of the package. We recommend enjoying our products at room temperature.
Can I cook charcuterie?
Yes you can, but you don’t have to. Daniele, Inc. dry sausages and Del Duca® prosciuttos are ready to eat right out of the package or you can use them to create yummy meals. Visit our recipe page for ideas!
What’s that aroma?
If you are not accustomed to eating dry-cured meats you may notice an aroma, but do not be alarmed. Most Americans are familiar with cooked deli meats such as cooked ham, cooked turkey and pepperoni, but exposing meats to high temperatures extinguishes their aroma intensity. Dry-cured meats produce an inviting, delicious aroma.
Is Prosciutto raw?
Dry-cured prosciutto is not raw due to the natural process of drying out the meat. It is perfectly safe to eat right from the deli or out of the package. We recommend enjoying our products at room temperature.
What ingredients are used to make Del Duca® Prosciutto?
We continue using the same methods and all-natural ingredients that have been used for centuries: pork, salt and time.
What type of salt is used during the dry-curing process?
We use all-natural sea salt.
How do you eat Prosciutto?
There are numerous ways to prepare and enjoy prosciutto, including eating it right out of the package! Simple recipes include, pairing slices of prosciutto with fresh fruit or cheese. For delicious recipes visit our recipe page.
How do I store my charcuterie?
Always refer to the label on our products for directions on how to store. You should see “Refrigerate After Opening” or “Keep Refrigerated.” After opening, cover areas that are exposed to air with cellophane and place in your refrigerator.
How long is dry-cured meat good for after I open it?
For the best flavor, we recommend enjoying our products at room temperature within the first 3 days after opening. After opening, cover areas that are exposed to air with cellophane and place in your refrigerator.
Does Prosciutto contain any allergens or attributes?
Our Del Duca® Prosciuttos have no allergens and are made with all-natural ingredients. They are also gluten free with no MSG added and do not contain nitrates or nitrites.

All of our charcuterie, Paninos and Pepper Shooters are also gluten free with no MSG added.
Where can I buy Del Duca® Prosciutto and other Daniele, Inc. Products?
Our Del Duca® Prosciutto and other delicious products can be found in delis or the deli area of your local supermarket and club stores. You can also visit our online store and have our products delivered to you! Don’t forget to check out the recipe page for quick and easy ideas on how you can create a mouth-watering experience.
What part of the pig is used to make prosciutto?
Prosciutto is crafted using the rear leg of a mature pig.
Where do Daniele, Inc. pigs come from?
Our pigs are raised on North American family farms.
Why is Prosciutto generally more expensive than other hams?
While other hams are manufactured using preservatives, our Del Duca® Prosciuttos are hand-crafted using only pork, salt and time – lots of time! During the dry-curing process, the Del Duca® Prosciuttos are constantly checked by our expert staff. The process is lengthy but it ensures every slice has a consistently sweet – never – salty taste. Only when they are aged to perfection do we allow them be sliced and shipped to your local market for enjoyment!
What is Del Duca® Jamón Serrano Prosciutto?
Del Duca® Jamón Serrano is a Spanish-Style dry-cured ham. It is the perfect addition to tapas and excellent when paired with cheese or olives. Don’t forget to check out the recipe page for quick and easy ideas on how you can create a mouth-watering experience.
How do you slice Prosciutto?
1. Place your prosciutto in a prosciutto holder (also known as a morsa). Align the prosciutto so you are able to cut across, rather than along, the grain of the meat.
2. Lay your knife along the top of the piece of prosciutto. The knife should be as close as possible to the edge of the meat to ensure the thinnest slice possible.
3. Slice down through the prosciutto, pulling the knife toward you as you go. Ideally, you should cut through the meat in a single slice rather than sawing back and forth.
4. Pick up your slice of prosciutto as soon as you have cut it free from the whole prosciutto. Lay it flat on a piece of parchment paper.
5. Repeat the process until you have the desired amount of prosciutto slices. Lay each slice flat in between pieces of parchment paper to avoid having your slices tangled or torn.
What are the health benefits of Prosciutto?
Prosciutto contains high concentrations of B vitamins and minerals, like iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Just like milk and eggs, prosciutto is an excellent source of amino acids which we need to include in our regular diet because our bodies cannot naturally produce them. Prosciutto is also a good source of protein and due to the lengthy maturation process, proteins are lighter and easier to digest.
How do you know dry-cured salame is safe to eat?
At Daniele, Inc. food safety is our number one priority. We use multiple hurdle technology methods (food preservation methods) to ensure pathogens (microorganisms) are controlled. The hurdles include low pH, low water activity, high salt concentration, addition of nitrates/nitrites and the addition of lactic acid starter cultures. When all these hurdles are combined, it becomes extremely difficult for pathogens to overcome, making our dry-cured salames safe and ready to eat right out of the package!
At what temperature should I serve charcuterie?
Charcuterie is best when served at room temperature. If you have previously stored your charcuterie in a refrigerator, allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes or until room temperature is met before serving.
The many types
of salumi

Del Duca® Prosciutto
Sopressata
Salame
Capocollo
Pancetta
Mortadella
Chorizo
Paninos
Pepper Shooters™
What is Del Duca® Prosciutto?
Prosciutto (pronounced: pro-shoot-oh) is the Italian word for ham. In the United States, the word Prosciutto references dry-cured ham. Simply put, a raw ham is covered with salt and hung to dry for about a year. At Daniele, Inc. we only use the best American hams. For more information on our Del Duca® Prosciutto products, visit our Del Duca® Prosciutto page and for delicious ideas on how to enjoy Del Duca® Prosciutto, check out our recipes.
What is Sopressata?
Sopressata (pronounced: soh-pres-sah-tah) is an Italian dry-cured salame. We at Daniele, Inc. are inspired by the traditions of Southern Italy and the Friuli region when we craft this delicious coarsely ground premium pork. For more information on our sopressata products, visit our sopressata page and for tasty ideas on how to enjoy sopressata, check out our recipes.
What is Salame?
Salame, also known as Salami in the United States (pronounced: suh-lah-mee), is finely ground dry-cured pork. Daniele, Inc. offers a variety of equally delectable salames, all crafted using the finest ingredients. For more information on our salame products, visit our salame page and for yummy ideas on how to enjoy your salame, check out our recipes.
What is Capocollo?
Capocollo (pronounced: koh-pa-kol-loh) is made from one of the most flavorful cuts of pork, the whole shoulder. Our Capocollo is always lean and finely marbled. For more information on our capocollo products, visit our capocollo page and for delicious ideas on how to enjoy your capocollo, check out our recipes.
What is Pancetta?
Pancetta (pronounced: pan-chet-tuh) is Italian-Style dry-cured bacon. We season our pancetta with wine and peppercorns for a truly authentic taste. For more information on our pancetta products, visit our pancetta page and for mouth-watering ideas on how to enjoy your pancetta, check out our recipes.
What is Mortadella?
Mortadella (pronounced: mor-tuh-del-la) is a slowly baked sausage. Our Mortadella is slowly baked for 24 hours at low heat to enhance taste and aroma. For more information on our mortadella products, visit our mortadella page and for tasty ideas on how to enjoy mortadella, check out our recipes.
What is Chorizo?
Chorizo (pronounced: chuh-ree-zoh) is an Iberian-Style dry sausage. For more information on our chorizo products, visit our chorizo page and for delicious ideas on how to enjoy your chorizo, check out our recipes.
What are Paninos?
A panino (pronounced: pah-ni-no) is the Italian word for sandwich, but this is not your typical sandwich. Daniele, Inc. paninos pair our Del Duca® Prosciuttos and salames with mozzarella cheese into one, mouth-watering, gourmet roll. For more information on our panino products, visit our panino page and for appetizing ideas on how to enjoy your panino, check out our recipes.
What are Pepper Shooters™?
Pepper shooters are big, delicious, cherry peppers stuffed with Daniele, Inc.’s classic prosciutto and provolone cheese. They are perfect as an appetizer or snack. For more information on our pepper shooters, visit our pepper shooter page.
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