Soppressata, also called suprissata or suppizata, is one of the finest salami of the Calabrian culinary tradition, and the one that best represents the idea of hospitality in Calabria. There is no family that does not welcome a guest without pulling a soppressata out of the pantry, slicing it and offering it almost as if it was a welcome gift, in a sort of ritual that has been going on for a very long time. Soppressata is a particularly savoury Calabrian sausage, with an aromatic and strong taste obtained from the processing of the finest parts of the pig: ham and shoulder, more rarely fillet. Compact in appearance, slightly flattened and soft, it is defined by a uniform and lively red colour, which varies depending on the spices used to flavour it. There are therefore three types of soppressata: the white, containing only black pepper, the sweet, with sweet red pepper, and the spicy, recommended for those who love particularly strong flavours and hot pepper.