A pasta sauce, originally from the town of Amatrice in the porvince of Rieti (in the region of Latium) and a variation on the original Abruzzese version which contains no tomatoes. Amatriciana is made bu sautéing a cured meat called guanciale(from the pork cheek) in olive oil, then adding minced onion and cooking until golden. Tomatoes are stirred in, as well as a pinch of chili pepper or black pepper. The pasta that is typically used is long pasta: either perciatelli or bucatini. Since guanciale is rarely available outside Italy, pancetta is frequently used instead.

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