Desperately seeking Italian Sausage
I am an American ex-pat and have several recipes that call for Italian sausage. Does anyone know where I can get some in the Warwick/Birmingham area? I have been looking online and can't seem to find anyone in the UK who sells it outside of London. :( I rang my local butcher who doesn't sell it.
If it is not available here, can someone tell me what a good substitute would be?
I have bought sausage from TESCO that is not a bad substitute, but it is certainly not the real thing. They label it as a "Mediterranean" sausage.
I have had this same problem! So far, the best suggestion I've seen is Valvona & Crolla. They're an Edinburgh-based Italian specialty shop (Edinburgh is great for Italian food). They ship all over the UK. Check out their website: http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/
I have to admit that I haven't yet tried their sausage, but I'm thinking it's what we're looking for.
Good luck and post back your results, whatever you do!
Try one of the two best Italian deli's in town
I Camisa on Old Compton St in Soho
Luigi Terroni & Sons on The Clerkenwell Rd ( near Farringdon tube )
either should be able to help and both are worth a visit anyway
hope this helps
If you're willing to drive you could always try the Carluccio's cafe/deli in Bicester - or call ahead and make sure they have some - then freeze it! I know the cafe's/delis in London sometimes have fresh sausage. I can't believe he doesn't have a cafe in Birmingham! Otherwise you're out of my area, sorry!