Mezzaluna with a single blade
Mezzaluna with a double blade used for chopping herbs
Mezzaluna with a triple blade used for cutting meat

A mezzaluna (/ˌmɛtsəˈluːnə/; Italian: [ˌmɛddzaˈluːna]) is a knife consisting of one or more curved blades with a handle on each end, which is rocked back and forth chopping the ingredients below with each movement. They most commonly have a single blade, but are sometimes seen with two or three blades.

It is typically used for mincing herbs or garlic, but it can be used for chopping other things such as cheese or meat. Very large single blade versions are sometimes used for pizza. Common uses in Italy include preparation of a soffritto or a pesto, etc.


Mezzaluna means "half moon" in Italian, after the curved shape of the blade, and is the most common name used in the UK. Other names used include herb chopper, hachoir [aʃ.waʁ] (from French) and hokmesser (from Yiddish).

Cutting board

Mezzalunas may be found sold with a cutting board that has a shallow indentation in it, marketed as a herb chopper.

See also

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