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Dec 31, 2006 07:20 PM

Best Italian Salami

I've tried Molinari's and love it.
Columbus is okay, but not nearly as good.
Any others in the 2# chub worth trying ?
I'll bee in SF next week.


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Also, Delfina has great housemade salame

      1. re: misti

        That's new. Now they have a choice of Columbus artisanal, Fra'Mani, or housemade.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        La Ciccia's salumi plate is excellent. we were told by the owner/chef's wife that he supplies the maker with the exact ingredients he wants in his salumi's but then he has the maker prepare it for him. I asked who the maker was and she couldn't or wouldn't say...

        The Salumi at Delfina pizzeria is nice (i am anxious to go now that they are making there own and supply you with a choice of cuts.

      3. Bruce, if you're headed further north too, you can pick up both Fra'Mani and Fatted Calf at the Cheese Shop in Healdsburg.

        I purchased Fatted Calf's toscano there, a nice dry and hard one, and it was great. Needed a very sharp knife to cut it, since I don't have a slicer.

        Molinari has been my favorite of the old-timers, the one I grew up with. Robert, a retail shop that has Felino?

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I bought a Felino someplace but I can't remember where. Andronico's? Whole Foods?

        2. In my opinion, Molinari used to be the standard but with all the new entrants into the marketplace, it seems to pale by comparison. I have tried all the Framani products which I think are excellent although some retailers have difficulty in the handling of it. I think Columbus has different lines of product. For instance, their new artisinal line is excellent with the Cresponi among others. Their Ticino line would be best discontinued as it is disgusting - never fails to cause terrible heartburn and leave a nasty aftertaste.

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          1. re: poulet_roti

            Where have you been buying the Columbus artisanal? Want to pick up one pronto.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I was at Falletti Foods earlier today and they have the Columbus artisinal line. The Cresponi are small, dry, and quite good. I actually had an entire Framani Gentile over Christmas - not to myself of course - was excellent.

              1. re: poulet_roti

                Thank you, just called and Falletti is open until 9pm tonight (NYE) and from 8 to 6:30pm on New Year's day. Will give it a try.

                Here's the link for Bruce -

                1. re: poulet_roti

                  Actually, I found the Columbus Artisan Crespone at Costco, of all places. Never even knew they had an Artisan line until then - Costco being Costco, of course, the Crespone came in a "family size" (2 of em nestled in a box). I wasn't as enamored of them as poulet was, though - found them to have an unpleasantly grainy texture, and the flavor seemed a bit sharp (sour?). Wasn't sure it was an "off" specimen, so I wasn't inclined to take advantage of Costco's ridiculously lenient return policies (this time....). Haven't looked around for other examples of the Artisan line yet, or tried the Crespone from a different "batch" - perhaps my experience was an outlier.

                  1. re: Spatlese

                    I not sure I am overly enamored with the Crespone, but I do like it. although prefer the products from Framani. That said, I'm wondering if what you are describing as grainy is actually that the meat is more coarse and less finely ground than in many other salamis?

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  They also carry it at the Mollie Stone's Tower location.

              2. Thanks for all the replies.
                I'll get a Molonari's chub and try to locate the Columbus Artisan line in the City.

                1. Last night I swung by Falletti's on the way to a NYE gathering to buy something from the Columbus Artisan line. Several Columbus salame are offered, but the only Cacciatore of the Artisan line, as shown here.


                  It was $4.99, a buck more than the "regular" Columbus of a similar size in the same box. Scanning the ingredient list, the biggest difference was that the "regular" has a big proportion of dry milk powder, whereas the Cacciatore has none.

                  I didn't note the lot number, but the sell by or best by date was 02/2007. This was pretty firm, so I sliced it thin on the slant. The casing was too thin to peel off the whole stick, and even after slicing, was too tender to pull off. That's my only real criticism of it. We liked the flavor and texture very much, one person commented that it didn't have the "fake" tanginess of the regular salami. This had about 1/3 fat, and while these were firm and tasty bits of pork fat, I would prefer a bit less.

                  I'm looking forward to trying the others in this collection.

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Hmmm, I was there on New Years Eve as well and saw much more than the Cacciatore. I suppose I should have been more clear but the Crespone can be found in the Delissio section of the store. As it turns out, I went to Falletti's on New Years day as well and saw the Cacciatore as well, but that was in the center portion which had cheeses and other refrigerated items.

                    Dry milk powder? not sure what that is doing in salami. Either way, another reason why I prefer much of the Fra'Mani lineup.

                    1. re: poulet_roti

                      Delessio's was already closed down and shuttered at the time I stopped by on NYE, so no opportunity to browse there. I think I''ll try the Felino next, since I don't like the type of casing used on the smaller girths. Thanks again for being johnny-on-the-spot and happy new year!