Molise Salami

The best sausages are made in the Upper Molise, where it is still maintained the tradition of the butchery. An excellent reputation is for the brawn, especially in Castel del Giudice, Capracotta, and Agnone. There are also great tasting smoked ham, similar to a ventricina Abruzzo and certainly no less spicy occurs in Montenero di Bisaccia. Sessano has a particular specialty of pork liver sausage, known as “frascateglie” in the local dialect, quite similar to mazzafegati and fegatazzi of neighboring regions. Their use is widespread in the company of polenta.

At Rionero they prepares a special sausage, flavored by fennel and preserved in fat.

All the following salamis are from pork.

Cacciatorini DOP

Cacciatorini sausages are famous for their characteristic taste and small size, which is quickly seasoned and can always be consumed fresh since devoured one at a time. Moreover, this sausage’s name derives precisely from the widespread rural use of hunters who used to bring short links with them in their excursions because, considering their reduced size, they could place them easily in their sacks.

Coppa di Campobasso

In Campobasso, the pig’s head, cut off from the body, was hung in a hook and garnished with an orange in its mouth, two chilies in its nostrils, and a laurel branch each ear. This tradition is almost no existent today, but we can find it in some famous sayings, “vulesse vere la capa to’ appesa a la chianca ru Muccechille cu temone ‘mmocca.”


Molise’s version of Capocollo or Coppa, spiced with chili rather than black pepper.


It’s from fatty meat from the pig’s belly, shaped in rectangles or coiled. Essentially it is un-smoked bacon; it is served raw as an antipasto or cooked in numerous dishes.

Pampanella di San Martino

Small pork chops coated with chili pepper and garlic paste, roasted, then rubbed with salt and vinegar.

Prosciutto Affumicato

Smoked hams rubbed with wine and chili.


Grade pork (leg, loin, neck, etc.) Are minced and mixed with diced hard fat. It is seasoned with salt, pepper and stuffed into natural casings, but did not put in the press. It’s a version of Molise Guilmi fine sausage.

Salsiccia di fegato di Rionero Sannitico

Fennel-flavored sausage conserved under a layer of fat.

Salsiccia Stufata

Cooked sausage that may include pork liver.


Blood pudding scented with raisins, orange zest, parsley, chili, and garlic.

Soppressata di Rionero Sannitico

It’s a salami from lean pork meat and pork fat (preferably from small black pigs). A knife cuts the flesh rather than ground, then spiced, stuffed into casings, and pressed under a weight to obtain its characteristic flattened shape (hence the name).

Ventricina Molisana di Montenero di Bisaccia

Spreadable pork sausage similar to Ciauscolo; flavored with chili. A dry, good smelling, tasty sausage, seasoned by cold winds going upstream from the sea, fragrant and colored by “pepedigne” which all it penetrates.

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