Yes, that’s right. Those white ribbons are lardo di Colonnata (LARD!), a very special sort of bacon with only the fat and cured the old-fashioned way in white marble vats for months and months here in this town, Colonnata, a town near Carrara where marble has been mined since Roman times.
I used the lardo to make a plain and simple bean soup. Just white beans, freshly hulled, with bits of lardo di Colonnata, a leaf of sage and a bit of olive oil. How many ingredients does it take to make a delicious and hearty dish?