June 24, 2011
More Mangalitsa pork arrives in Sacramento

Good news for folks who want to try some of the highly touted Mangalitsa pork that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Corti Brothers just received an entire Mangalitsa pig, a rare breed that's prized as much for its fat as its rich meat. After my story ran, Corti Brothers - the only retail shop in town to carry Mangalitsa - sold out of its Mangalitsa pork in one day. Customers have since been placing pre-orders for a piece of this pig, with 16 requests alone for its pork belly.

Mike Carroll, the manager of Corti Bros.' meat department, has spent the morning breaking down this 320 pound pig. Loin chops are priced at $18.99 per pound, $10.99 per pound for shoulder, $7.99 for a pound of pork belly and $10.99 for shoulder. Sure, these prices are pretty steep for pig parts, but there's a reason why Mangalitsa is dubbed "the Wagyu beef of pork", and served at fine restaurants ranging from The Kitchen to the famed French Laundry. The bonus of Mangalitsa is you can use its rendered fat for all kinds of cooking purposes, from mixing into hamburger patties and creating pie crusts.

"The fat on this pig came in so beautiful and creamy," said Carroll. "It's just gorgeous."

For more information about placing an order: (916) 736-3805.

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