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January 02, 2005



I do love cotechino! One of the main places I can get it here in Melbourne is at the "Veneto Club" - a social club for immigrants from the Veneto region, from where my father's family come. It's certainly not found on many Italian restaurant menus!
It is such a rich, gelatinous dish that not everybody can cop with it; I know my mother looks at it with horror and won't go near it! It certainly needs something served with it to cut through the richness. It really is wonderful!


I would just like to add that these milk rolls you're talking about, the "Buchteln", are not a Czech dish originally, but a traditional Austrian one. Very tasty indeed.


Niki, I used to hate cotechino as a kid too. Way too rich for me back then. Lucky for me I grew out of it!

Different, thanks for the information. I had been trying to find where the dish originates before writing the post and I ended up with a bunch of different claims: Tyrol and Bohemia seemed the two places with the most solid ones. Now I only wait for someone from the Czech republic to claim the opposite ;-).


Hey Alberto,
I have a friend from Milan and he and his wife always invite us to their house for cotechino around New Year's. I absolutely love it. It's decadent. It's actually making me hungry reading this.


Decadent is a great description Dave. I'm almost glad it's only a once-a-year tradition, at least as far as my weight goes :-D.


in Veneto we have "musetto", not cotechino.
It is quite similar, but not the same.


Piera, I'd be curious to know what side dishes go with musetto in Veneto. I've only eaten it in Friuli, where it is usually served with brovade (macerated and fermented turnips).


Concerning the origin of "Buchteln" an Austrian linguist (http://www.inst.at/trans/15Nr/06_1/pohl15.htm) says the following:

Die Wiener Küche hat aus allen Sprachen der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie Wörter aufgenommen (wie u.a. die böhmischen Buchteln, den Powidl 'Zwetschkenmus', auch der beliebte Zwetschkenschnaps Sliwowitz kommt aus dem Tschechischen

Vienna's kitchen took in words from all languages of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy (like the Bohemian Buchteln, Powidl 'plum jam', the popular plum schnaps Slimowitz is Czech too.

So, as the word is of Czech/Bohemian origin I guess the Buchteln are originally Czech as well.

Matthew Tromba


Can anyone tell me where I can find uncooked Cotechino... even the butcher shops here in the North End of Boston don't have it. If anyone knows of a place that offers overnight shipping, please let me no.

thanks !

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