From the New York Times' Dining Section...
The Meat of the Matter in a Pasta Debate: What is the key ingredient in the classic Italian meat dish of pasta all'amatriciana? It appears to be mired in controversy, but the loudest voices say that guanciale - cured, unsmoked pig jowl - is essential.
But where to find it? This article explores the question, with a recipe for mouth-watering pasta all'amatriciana.
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