Roasted Pork with Herbs (Arrostino di Maiale)

It is a common misconception that porchetta is a suckling pig. In Lazio, porchetta is a hog, roasted whole by a specialist porchettaro. It is often prepared with large quantities of herbs and sold by the slice with slabs of wonderful pane casereccio, the chewy local bread, at street stands like the one opposite the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The best porchetta in Lazio comes from the town of Ariccia, just south of Rome, but just about every fair and festival in the region has a porchetta stand. This dainty rolled roast that you can make at home will evoke the aromas of the popular local specialty.
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