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Legally, meat from cattle up to four years old is manzo. Older than that, it's bue, and slaughtered at under 18 months old it's vitellone. A heifer (under 16 months) is a scottona.

bollito di manzo: boiled beef

brasato di manzo: braised beef, pot roast

manzo alla California: beef slow-cooked in milk or cream ('California' is a village near Monza)

manzo macinata: ground beef (mince)

manzo all'olio (di Rovato): beef cooked in half oil and half-water, which is then made into a sauce with parsley and breadcrumbs

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: John Mettraux