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Jan 26, 2007 08:47 PM

Bertoli salamis??? Oakland??

Anyone have any info on it?? Just recently saw it for sale in a local gourmet the la area...but didnt get all the info. But is was great....I guess they have a restaurant in the rock area of Oakland?? Please help?

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  1. What sort of help do you need?

    Search the SF board for "Paul Bertolli" (correct spelling) and "Fra'Mani".
    Former chef at Oliveto (oakland) and Chez Panisse (berkeley) he's now
    off making some pretty excellent salami and sausages. Good luck finding
    them. Even up here there are only a couple of places where they're available.
    You can order from their website, which also has a list of markets:

    6 Replies
    1. re: Chuckles the Clone

      As long as we're being fussy about spelling, it's "Oliveto." I remember the early reports were that there were some quality control and consistency issues. Any recent experiences to report?

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I just bought some recently at the "Coffe Market" (1578 Hopkins, Berkeley 510-526-1333) which has better prices that "Pasta Shop". To my knowledge there has never been any quality problems with "Salametto" products (smaller diameter) which tend to be drier. I have also recently tried some of their "thicker" salamies and the quality is fine but as far as I can tell the flavors are not. Buy some sliced and decide for yourself....

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          The first few weeks they were out, some of the stuff seemed too moist, but it's been pretty much perfect since. We get them at Berkeley Bowl and the Pasta Shop.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Where at BB did you find this stuff? Is it near the Aidell's and Saags aisles?

            1. re: oakjoan

              At the deli counter. They normally have a basket of salamettos out in
              front, and they slice the toscano to order. A while ago, one time, they
              had some italian sausages in the back Aidell's area but I haven't seen
              them in a month or two. I think that's the extent of what I've seen there.

              The guy at the pasta shop claims that they keep the entire available
              line in stock, but their prices are about 50% more than BB.

              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                The fresh sausages are in the refrigerator section past the deli and to the right.

      2. I've seen them at Ver Brugge in Rockridge, both the salami and the fresh Italian sausage.

        1. The dry small salami (salametto?) is always available at Berk Bowl.
          It is truly amazing, very full-flavored.
          You'll find it with the other dried salamis in the deli section, across from the olive bar.

          1. Ratto's in Oakland (Washington between 8th and 9th) is selling the salami (and maybe other Fra'Mani products; I'm not sure). It's delicious.

            1. His product is great. I went to a tasting that he had in San Diego, and I was sold. My whole family love his stuff, including my young children. I started to talk with him and he gave me one of tasting packages to take home with me.

              The nice thing about buying it at Whole Foods is that they sell it by lb, instead of by the whole whole piece, and they can also slice it as thick or as thick as you like.

              On the flip side, I dare anyone to by the whole piece and not want to consume the whole thing.

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              1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                Most of the ones I've seen are less than a pound anyway.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Really, that would be great. Our local cheese shop has them in 2 lb salamis.

                  What I intended to say was, that at Whole Foods, they will slice the amount that you desire.

                    1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                      Thanks, we would probably eat the 9lb in a sitting given the opportunity.

                      The animals that he uses are treatede humanly and live in with their offspring in yerts.