Charcuterie boards are a rising star – they’re one of the top menu trends for 2023. If you’re trying to put together charcuterie boards at home, you might be wondering what the right choices are for you.

Luckily, we’ve got the 411 on all your top options. Read on to learn about the top Italian meats for your next charcuterie board.

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This thinly sliced, dry-cured ham is a staple of Italian cuisine. Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto Cotto, and Prosciutto di San Daniele are a few popular varieties. Its delicate flavor and silky texture make it a favorite for many.

Look for high-quality prosciutto for the best flavor and texture. You can serve it alongside Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh mozzarella, or creamy burrata. Figs, melon slices, or dried fruits like apricots or figs add a touch of sweetness that complements the saltiness of the prosciutto. 


Italy offers a wide variety of salami, each with its own distinctive flavors and textures. Some popular choices include Genoa salami, soppressata, finocchiona (salami with fennel seeds), and Milano salami. They provide a savory and robust addition to any charcuterie board.

Include an assortment of cheeses such as aged cheddar, gouda, or tangy blue cheese. Olives, pickles, and marinated vegetables provide a tangy and acidic contrast. Add some mustard or chutney for a touch of sweetness and acidity.


Pancetta is a type of Italian bacon that is cured with salt and various spices, such as black pepper, fennel, and garlic. It is typically rolled and sliced thin. Pancetta offers a salty and slightly smoky taste, adding a savory element to your charcuterie board.

Get creative with pancetta pairings by wrapping it around other ingredients. For example, wrap slices of pancetta around asparagus spears or pitted dates stuffed with cheese. This combination of salty pancetta and the natural sweetness of the ingredients creates a delightful contrast.

For a different twist, you can briefly cook the pancetta until it becomes crispy and serve it warm on the charcuterie board. Crispy pancetta adds an extra layer of texture and intensifies its flavors. However, be sure to allow it to cool slightly before serving.

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Originating from Bologna, mortadella is a large Italian sausage with a fine texture. It is typically made with ground pork, seasoned with spices, and studded with small cubes of pork fat. Mortadella has a mild, slightly sweet taste and is often enjoyed sliced thinly.

Mortadella pairs well with a variety of wines, such as a light-bodied red like Chianti or a crisp white wine like Pinot Grigio. Consider offering wine pairings alongside your mortadella charcuterie board to enhance the overall experience.

Italian Meats: Enjoy Today

There are tons of delicious Italian meats out there. Start sampling your options for a wide variety of different charcuterie boards.

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