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cooking (and the 'doneness' of meat)

Some examples:

cottura arrosta: roasting

cottura in umido: stewing

cottura a fuoco lento: simmering

When ordering meat in a restaurant you may be asked for la cottura:

al sangue (or poco cotto): rare

a media cottura: medium rare

rosata: medium ('pink')

ben cotto: well-done

For fish, use poco cotto, cottura media, or ben cotto

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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