Cured pig’s cheek or guanciale di maiale (literally translates to cheek of the pig) is hands-down the BEST bacon I have ever eaten – and have yet to find someone who disagrees once they taste it’s porky goodness! In our neck of the woods in Le Marche, it is served at home and commonly found on the menus of rustic traditional osteria’s, family run restaurants just like our farmhouse, as an antipasta atop crostini. The recipe below calls for red wine vinegar which perfectly cuts the fat and combined with the sage makes for a rich meaty buttery deliciousness with a kick!

  • Yield: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 10 minutes
  • Active: 5 miutes

Ingredients (5)

  • cured pig’s cheek
  • fresh sage leaves, a few handfuls
  • olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • red wine vinegar


  1. Slice cured pig’s cheek very thinly or ask your butcher.
  2. In a frying pan, on medium heat add 2 glugs of olive oil, garlic cloves & sage leaves, add pig’s cheek.
  3. Cook for approximately 30 seconds–1 minute on each side, until changes color to a nice golden brown, but not burned.
  4. Blot with a paper towel.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with red wine vinegar.
  6. Serve immediately with the sage.
  7. Pair best with crusty bread to soak up the juices or better yet blow your diet and serve for breakfast with eggs & toast!