Mortadella…the derivation


Some have asked of the derivation of the word, mortadella. The early makers of the sausage used a mortar and pestle to mix it. It is called a mortaio della carne di maiale.

mortaio…mortar

carne…meat

maiale…pork

Thanks for asking

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2 Comments on “Mortadella…the derivation”


  1. I tried it and quickly decided I didn’t like it. But I found the very similar salami much more appetizing. To this day, I will pass on the mortadella and baloney, but eat half a dozen slices of salami.


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