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However, it is certain that the "birth" of culatello is closely linked to the fiefdom of the Pallavicino family, who governed the territories of Busseto, Zibello and Polesine from 1249.

museo del culatello“Investiture of Parma” in 1691, depicting a woman holding a cured meat attributable to culatello
However, the first explicit and "official" mention of culatello dates back to 1735, in a document from the Municipality of Parma.
The dialect poet from Parma, Giuseppe Maria Callegari (1785-1829) who mentions it among the dishes served in paradise, while Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) brings it to the Tsar's table in St. Petersburg.
But it will be the "vault" Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938) who will give him worldwide fame.

Antica Corte Pallavicina, Strada Palazzo Due Torri, 3 – Loc. Polesine Parmense (PR)
Culatello and Masalén Museum:
Tel. +39.0524.936539
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