Fassone, Fassone Piedmontese, Fassone Piemontese
Fassona beef is the exceptionally lean meat from the Fassona Piedmontese breed, born and raised in the region of Piedmont. The cattle are renowned for their unique muscular structure, particularly in the thighs, which is the result of natural muscular hypertrophy, yielding high-quality meat that is distinguished by excellent texture, tenderness, juiciness, and a rich, sweet flavor.
Fassona beef’s excellent characteristics are also the result of a dry-aging process of the meat. It is highly prized for low amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories, but also for its high amounts of essential nutrients, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids.
Fassona beef is especially suitable for raw consumption, either simply seasoned with salt and extra-virgin olive oil or used as a base for tartare or carpaccio specialties, although the meat is equally flavorful when pan-seared, roasted, grilled, braised, or boiled.
The beef is often cooked with white truffles or a selection of Piedmontese wines such as Barbera, Barolo, and Barbaresco, and it can also be served with pasta dishes in the form of ragout.