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Zester Daily soapbox contributor John Pleshette lives, cooks and dines in Los Angeles. He teaches cooking at the L.A. Leadership Academy and posts a blog, John Pleshette’s Meal of the Week, which includes recipes and reviews of restaurants in the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Lynn, choose their destinations with two things in mind: art and food. Italy satisfies both passions.

Chef Massimo Spigaroli and his team show off their prized culatello. Credit: Copyright 2016 Antica Corte Pallavicina

There is prosciutto and then there is culatello. Proscuitto is ubiquitous. It's draped over melon or paired with figs or mozzarella in restaurants everywhere. You