Bresaola (or in Italian dialect brisaola) is air-dried, salted beef that has been aged two or three months until it becomes hard and turns a dark red, almost purple colour. It is made from top (inside) round, and is lean and tender, with a sweet, musty smell. As an antipasto, bresaola is usually sliced paper thin and served at room temperature or slightly chilled. It is most commonly eaten on its own, but may be drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, and served with rocket (rucola) salad, cracked black pepper, and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. Sliced bresaola should be stored well wrapped in a refrigerator.