Pepperoni is a spicy Italian-American variety of
from cured pork. However, Halal or Kosher Pepperoni may be made from beef.
It is a descendant of the spicy salamis of Southern Italy, such as salsiccia
Napoletana piccante, a spicy dry sausage from Naples or the Soppressata
Left: A pepperoni
Pepperoni is a popular
pizza topping in American-style pizzerias.
Also, it is sometimes used to make
To order the American version of pepperoni in Italy, someone would request
salame piccante or salamino piccante (hot salami, generally typical of
Calabria). The Italian name for a pepperoni pizza is pizza alla diavola (with
Throughout continental Europe, peperone is a common word for various types of
capsicum including bell peppers and a small, spicy and often pickled pepper
known as peperoncino or peperone piccante in Italy and pepperoncini or banana
peppers in the U.S.
Sodium nitrite, used as a curing agent, is what gives pepperoni its distinct