What comprises finocchiona? Well, fennel we’ve already mentioned (finocchio means ‘fennel’), but it also has been made with peppercorns, garlic, and 4 year-old Chianti (which ensures that it’s a Tuscan Salame).
Finocchiona is a wonderfully full spiced meat. The Chianti within it is apparent, and the fennel gives it that little zing.
Pieces of lean meat from the shoulder of the pig (50%) and the hard fat of the bacon (50%) are milled medium grain and seasoned with salt and herbs. It is encased in natural casings, usually bondeana with a ligature tight and narrow.