Cudighi (/ˈkʊdəɡ/) is a spicy Italian sausage that can be bought in links or served as a sandwich on a long, hard roll, often with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Although it originated in Italy, it is now primarily served in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States.


Cudighi can be served many ways in many Italian dishes. As a sandwich, it was originally served with raw onions and mustard on a roll,[1] but is today typically served with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.[2] Additional toppings may include mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.[2]

The taste of Cudighi varies with the amount of clove and cinnamon present in the mix.


Cudighi originated in Northern Italy,[3] although it is now primarily served in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, particularly in Marquette County.[4] The sandwich and its distinctive sausage were first sold in northern Michigan by Italian immigrants in 1936, who called it Gudighi. The sandwich was originally dressed with mustard and onions; using tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese as toppings became popular following World War II.[5]

Cudighi seems to be derived from Cotechino,[citation needed] an old Lombard word for a fresh sausage made from pork, fatback, and pork rind.[6] The modern recipe for what is known as "Cudighi" is likely highly specific to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Fowler, Brenda (June 29, 1997). "Endless Trails to Open Water". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Himmelstein, Rebecca (October 31, 2014). "Cudighi Sandwich Remains Staple in the Yooper Diet". Upper Michigans Source. Negaunee, MI: WLUC-TV. Retrieved August 23, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Cudighi Sausage". Glossary of Kitchen and Food Terms. Hormel. Archived from the original on February 18, 2005. Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cudighi Tradition Continues in Ishpeming". ABC 10 News. Ishpeming, MI: WBUP-TV. January 28, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (2013). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Volume 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 576. ISBN 0199734968. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cotechino di Modena". Ricettedi Magazine (in Italian). Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2009.