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Four native varieties, threatened with extinction, are listed in the Slow Food Presidium.

gallina bionda Piemontese and gallina Bianca di Saluzzo: local white chicken, nicknamed the bianca di Cavour after Piedmont's famous food-loving prime minister.

gallina padovana: rare but very cute ornamental chicken with a rock 'n' roll coiffure, with a meat similar to guinea fowl. They are sometimes cooked in a pig's bladder, similar to the French poularde en vessie.

gallo nero della Val di Vara: giant black chickens raised in the province of Genoa, reaching up to 6.5 kg. The gallo nero is also the symbol of Chianti Classico wine.

pollo del Valdarno: The poulet de Bresse of Italy, a big white breed developed around Arezzo and famous for its tasty meat and large breast.

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Meats & Poultry


Slow Food


Valle d'Aosta


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

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