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Prosciutto Cotto, Salumificio Calla'

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Why we love it

The prosciutto cotto – cooked ham – was created because Vittorio, the latest generation, wanted her daughter to be able to enjoy prosciutto, but a prosciutto that was healthy, free from additives or preservatives, gluten and lactose free. Supermarkets’ shelves are full of prosciutto cotto or cooked ham, but once you read the ingredients list, there are plenty of preservatives and additives. The story of Calla’s prosciuttos is simple but shows their philosophy and ethics.

At we believe that what makes a healthy and tasty product is the quality of their ingredients, this is true for all, including our prosciuttos. What make a great prosciutto are two things, the quality of the meat, and the process used and Vittorio for its prosciutto cotto only uses local pork leg from pigs reared around the corner from him, slowly cooked. After all, this is the prosciutto his daughter has been eating since she was little. It could not be more reassuring.

This is a prosciutto cotto as you never tasted before, delicate, flavousome, it almost melts in your mouth, this is perfect for children, for their lunch boxes but also for grown up that like eating healthy.

The artisan who made it

It all started in 1965 when Vittorio Callà, a breeder opened a butcher shop in Mileto, a small village not far from Vibo Valentia. Mileto is known for its numerous butchers and the quality of the meat (hence its name "City of meat"), with visitors coming every day to buy fresh meat and seasoned.

Thanks to the passion and knowledge of Vittorio and the help of his family, the small butcher in a few years, had become a synonym for high quality meat. In 1978 the second generation took over and decided to go one step further, they decided to build a slaughterhouse so they could control the whole process and ensure animals were treated properly.

Now, the next generation has taken over from Vittorio’s sons, and the small butcher shop is slightly bigger, but it is as artisan as it was when Vittorio first opened producing some of the best cured meat, including the famous Ndjua. All their meat and cured meat only uses natural ingredients without preservatives, they are 100% natural.

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