Cudighi; AKA Yooper Sausage

The first time we had spaghetti at Pilgrim River Steak House in Houghton Michigan, something seemed off. The spaghetti tasted sweet! At first I thought it was just me, but after a few more bites I noticed there was a note of cinnamon and/or clove in the sauce. You might be reading this thinking that’s really weird or even off-putting, but actually it’s become my favorite dish at Pilgrim River!

Turns out, this is a Yooper thing!

Cudighi is a spicy Italian sausage seasoned with sweet spices 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. Thus it has been dubbed “Yooper Sausage.”

If you don’t take my word for it, you need to try it yourself! You will not be disappointed – whether you have a sweet tooth or not!

Pilgrim River Steak House is located on Highway 41 in Houghton, Michigan.