Finally! Erik and I finally got a chance to visit Salumi yesterday! Woohoo!! :) You'll have to forgive me if I'm ridiculously excited about this. We've been trying to visit for about 5 years and just never got around to it.
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats is located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. It is owned and operated by Mario Batali's parents.
We've tried (unsuccesffully) to visit for years. We'd heard of it, locally, from friends and co-workers, but really didn't understand the lore until Anthony Bourdain featured Salumi on his show No Reservations. Once we made the decision that we HAD to go, it was a matter of timing. At lunch time, there's always a line around the block, and they aren't open for dinner. We had to wait until we had the day off work to make the pilgrimage.
It was about 35 degrees outside. We stood in line for close to an hour, but finally, once we got inside, we were treated to delicious aromas of spicy, cured meat. I skipped breakfast, so when we hit the doors and warm interior, my mouth was watering. Mmmm...
Erik got the Salumi Salami. He went simple. Mozzarella cheese, no peppers, no onions. The Salumi Salami is a spicy, winter salami. Our sandwich maker gave me a little taste of the salami -- yum! Spicy and so flavorful!
I got the Finnochiona Salami Sandwich on Guiseppe bread with house made Mozzarella cheese. The Finnochiona features fennel. (I love fennel!) It has a sweeter flavor with a zing of spice at the end of the bite. Really, really yummy!
During our visit, the clientele was about 50/50 locals to tourists. Ahead of us in line were Italians, Canadians, and Scandinavians. Behind us were local kids, visiting with their friends from Orlando.
I can't believe it took us so long to go! We really want to go back again soon with friends. It would be fun to share a salami and cheese plate with the group. Can't wait!