'Lardo' on Serious Eats

Portland, OR: Marginal Thumbs-Up for Lardo's Double Burger, Big Thumbs-Up for the Fries

One of Portland's best food carts, Lardo puts out some of the tastiest (and, it should be noted, saltiest) sandwiches in the city. Having sampled a number of these over the past few months, I had to know if owner Rick Gencarelli's Double Burger, at a mere eight bucks, could qualify as one of Portland's best burger deals. The answer depends on how high your standards have been set. More

The Nasty Bits: Lardo

Lardo is cured fat, usually from the back of a pig.  The fat is packed in salt and herbs and left to cure for a month or so. Curing transforms the slippery fat into dense, buttery blocks of lardo.  Shaved thinly and served with nuts, lardo makes a simple yet memorable antipasto dish.  More

Top This: Lardo Pizza (à la Otto Enoteca Pizzeria)

"So is lardo essentially just....fat?" Someone recently asked me. Well in a way, yes, but really, it's so much more—pure pork fatback cured with salt and other spices such as rosemary, pepper, and garlic. The Lardo Pizza at Mario Batali's Otto Enoteca in New York City's Greenwich Village is an ode to the rich, slightly musky, creamy, silky perfection that is lardo. More

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