Steven Wagner, who was born in Rome, spent a lot of time in Florence as a teenager. He learned to make this dish from a friend there, Lorenzo Villoresi, who is now a well-known perfumer.Plus: More Pork Recipes and Tips

February 2004


Credit: © Maura McEvoy

Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Using a small knife, make 1-inch-deep slits all over the pork. Stuff each slit with a slice of garlic. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper and wrap with the bacon. Top with the herbs, tucking them under the bacon in several spots. Tie the roast at 1-inch intervals with kitchen string.

  • Transfer the pork to a roasting pan and roast for 1 hour, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the loin registers 130°. Transfer the pork to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes. Discard the string and herb sprigs. Carve the loin into thick slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The pork can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated overnight. Let return to room temperature before roasting.

Suggested Pairing

A complex Chianti Classico with a tannic edge and some fruit will contrast with the saltiness of the bacon.