Osso buco

Osso buco is a portion of the ham shank that has been cut into rounds and had the rind removed so that only a thin layer of fat remains.

Did you know?

  • Osso buco means “bone with a hole” in Italian. Inside the shank is a bone filled with marrow, which is a delicacy for connoisseurs.
  • Pork osso buco are much cheaper than veal ones traditionally used to make the Italian dish of the same name and are just as tender.
  • Since pork osso buco cuts are often smaller than the veal variety, it is wise to plan for two slices per serving.



  • Osso buco is an increasingly popular cut that’s easy to find in grocery stores. If you can’t find osso buco in the meat section, ask the butcher.