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montanara

'mountain style'

Alla montanara can mean any number of things, but it usually means something meaty.

Sauces alla montanara range from a creamy mushroom sauce on pork, or a sauce of sausage, cherry tomatoes and wild fennel on vermicelli, or a sauce of savoy cabbage, bacon and Asiago on penne, or minced pork, tomato sauce, bread crumbs and caciocavallo on top of fusilli.

In Naples, it's specifically a little fried pizza: thick, yeasty dough, usually with a simple tomato sauce and cheese on top.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Denise D