Pancetta is similar to bacon, rolled and cured with such aggressive seasonings as bay leaf and juniper berry. In fact, bay leaves are included in the attractive packaging. All Aux Delices des Bois varieties make a flavorful, juicy substitute for bacon. The source for both pancetta and bacon is pork belly. (Bacon is smoked, pancetta not). No wonder it is the darling of the haute cuisine set - the belly is mostly fat, and, at its best, is a snowy, creamy, pure fat. Aux Delices des Bois Pancetta is large, pink,robustly seasoned, and incredibly well balanced (flesh-to-fat ratio). Industrial styles are often small, tight, dried-out looking, and very stingy. This is a true artisan product, perfect for chefs and home gourmets. This Pancetta comes in a flat shape (not rolled), which resembles slab bacon and is a popular choice for customers looking to cube up pancetta for ragu, stews, or to fry up like the French Lardons for a salad.