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La Quercia

La Quercia
How did a family in Norwalk, Iowa come to produce some of the best cured meats in the world? It started with tradition: After three and a half years in Parma, Italy, Herb and Kathy Eckhouse brought classic techniques back home to create their signature salumi, something they say “expresses our appreciation for the beauty and bounty of Iowa”. Adding responsible sourcing and sustainability to the recipe means that their products don’t just taste great, they’re also produced with the highest standards and best quality ingredients around.

To help more people get a bite of the good stuff, we now offer the full La Quercia line as well as curated selections that will make any meat lover squeal with delight.

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  1. Prosciutto Americano Quick View

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    Prosciutto Americano

    $10.99/EA
    Herb Eckhouse's prosciutto is sweeter than Italian made, without any overwhelming mustiness. This is one instance when we want Herb's butt to look fat. Read More
  2. Berkshire Prosciutto Rossa Quick View

    Berkshire Prosciutto Rossa

    $8.99/EA
    The very first single-breed prosciutto made in the USA, it’s in a class all its own. Dry-cured in La Quercia’s state of the art facilities in Norwalk, Iowa, from the hind meat of humanely raised pigs, this Rossa Prosciutto is tender, ruddy, and deeply meaty. Read More
  3. Prosciutto Piccante Quick View

    Prosciutto Piccante

    $10.99/EA
    Hot legs are a desirable attribute for many-a species and well-bred swine are no exception. Herb and Kathy Eckhouse take fully aged legs of Prosciutto Americano and rub them down with a balanced blend of fennel, sea salt, and red chilies that deepens the meat’s earthy sweetness. Read More
  4. Speck Americano Quick View

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    Speck Americano

    $10.99/EA
    Think of it as prosciutto’s super suave fraternal twin: it’s made using the same methods as La Quercia’s Prosciutto Americano and then smoked with real applewood, which imbues the ham with a smoky aroma and flavor, on top of its inherently sweet and rich characteristics. Read More
  5. La Quercia Tamworth Sampler Quick View

    La Quercia Tamworth Sampler

    $54.99/EA
    Tamworth pigs are characterized by their bristly red hair and bulky build, which translates into meat that’s golden, tender and perfect for bacon. The meat maestros at La Quercia saw more than one horizon, so didn’t stop with their crazy good Tamworth Bacon; they’ve gone in several delicious directions. Read More
  6. La Quercia Cucina Collection Quick View

    La Quercia Cucina Collection

    $39.99/EA
    This is piggy paradise for any chef looking to add delicious, fatty flavors to their next dish. Our hand-picked sampler gives you a range of cuts to work with, putting on display the whole hog spectrum of textures and tastes that this little piggy has to offer. Read More
  7. La Quercia Collezione Grande Quick View

    La Quercia Collezione Grande

    $124.99/EA
    Looking for the best American charcuterie in one collection? You've found it. Read More
  8. Coppa Americano Quick View

    Coppa Americano

    $15.99/EA
    Coppa’s a cold cut that goes by many names. Capocollo is its given Italian name, but you might also know it by one of its aliases: Capicola, Capicollo, and gabagool if you’re Neapolitan, or you just happen to be a big fan of The Sopranos. Read More
  9. La Quercia Charcuterie Collection Quick View

    La Quercia Charcuterie Collection

    $34.99/EA
    La Quercia started out by making their signature Prossciutto Americano and gradually expanded by applying the traditional dry curing methods on other cuts of pork that they’d learned while living in Italy. We’re always eager to taste what they come up with next because we know that whatever it is, it’s been made with care and expertise. Read More
  10. Guanciale Americano Quick View

    Guanciale Americano

    $12.99/EA
    Watch your fat back, bacon! There’s another cheeky slice making the scene whose sole, plump purpose in your kitchen is to turn sow’s ears into silky, succulent purses. Guanciale (Gwan-cha-lay) comes from the pig’s jowl and consists of delicate fat and ribbons of earthy meat throughout. Read More
  11. Acorn Tamworth Spallacia Quick View

    Acorn Tamworth Spallacia

    $14.99/EA
    The Acorn Tamworth Spallacia is a rosy red, well-marbled, pork shoulder masterpiece. The thin slices can be enjoyed as they are or used in recipes to replace prosciutto to dress up appetizers, soups and sauces. Wrap thin slices around cubed melon and to fully cast the spell, wash a bite down with bubbly prosecco or champagne. Read More
  12. Bellota Lardo Quick View

    Bellota Lardo

    $16.99/EA
    Lardo, a traditional Italian cured meat, is made from the “fatback” portion of the animal and is, quite simply, fat from the back that’s been seasoned with coriander, pepper, nutmeg, cloves and bay leaves and cured to perfection. Read More
  13. Acorn Tamworth Coppa Quick View

    Acorn Tamworth Coppa

    $24.99/EA
    Pigs must be flying, because this meat comes straight from heaven. Sweet caramelly notes and smooth ribbons of luscious fat infuse this collar cut with deep, silky flavor that melts like a slice of cloud nine on your tongue. Read More
  14. Coppa Piccante Quick View

    Coppa Piccante

    $19.99/EA
    Who doesn’t need a good shoulder rub now and again? Herb Eckhouse had this in mind when he developed the spice blend that he rubs on his family-farmed, Heritage breed (Berkshire and Tamworth blended with Lancaster or Duroc) pork shoulders during the curing process. Read More
  15. Lomo Americano Quick View

    Lomo Americano

    $10.99/EA
    Rumor has it that Herb Eckhouse of Iowa’s La Quercia strolls through his room of curing ham telling them: “Be delicious!” Read More
  16. Pancetta Americana Quick View

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    Pancetta Americana

    $10.99/EA
    Round bellies are the best, especially when they’re made of bacon. Actually, it’s the bacon that’s made from the pig’s round belly, and then rolled into a log and cured to make pancetta. Read More

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