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    Suzanne Bush Alotta
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    Hi Laura. I am an American living in Italy. I would like to make pot roast and other types of beef dishes in my IP. I am having trouble buying something like a chuck roast or cuts to use for fajitas, Mongolian beef, etc. can you tell me how I would ask for those cuts of meat? As you know, beef is very lean here so I am afraid it might get too tough. Also, what cut of pork should I ask for?

    Thanks, Suzanne

    PS I made your tapioca and it was great. Had to order the tapioca from Amazon.

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    Laura Pazzaglia
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    Suzanne, you’ll never find chuck or a brisket roast here because they butcher the animals differently in Italy from America.

    American Beef Cuts
    american beef cuts

    Italian Beef Cuts
    italian beef cuts
    http://www.franzi-franzi.it/public/wiki/doku.php?id=materie_prime:le_carni:le_carni_bovine:tagli

    In fact, to test for my cookbook and take photos of American-Style cuts I had to teach my butcher what I wanted, and then I had to wait until his shop had the saw (he shares it with other butchers) and new carcasses.

    For quick pan-frying fajitas and Mongolian beef, you can just buy those pre-cut very thin beef slices. If they look to lean you could also substitute ground meat (I know it doesn’t look great) as all butchers often have a pork/beef mixtures available for making meatballs that are a little fattier. Also, vitello, vitellone (milking and young beef) are ALWAYS going to be lean.

    For brisket I use the “capello di prete” or “spalla” and then I ask the butcher to tie it up for me into a cylinder so I can cook it as a roast.

    Ciaooooo!

    L

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