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Mortadella love & Amatrice Mort. Inquiry

kare_raisu Aug 16, 2007 11:25 PM

I grew up on the stuff as my favorite sandwich for lunch and I just got to thinking of it the other day. I remember being handed paper thin tastes of it at probably 4 years old in some Italian deli in Walnut Creek my 'nonna' took me to.

Is there any particularly good brands to look out for and where are they located? I am intensely interested in the availabilty of the smoked and cinnamon flavored Amatrice variety as well - has it been seen?

Anyone see Zampone - another intrigue of mine?

  1. farmersdaughter Aug 17, 2007 08:51 PM

    Lucca Ravioli in the Mission (Valencia & 22nd) carries a great Italian mortadella that's really flavorful. If you go, make sure you get the Italian mortadella and not the domestic.

    1. Morton the Mousse Aug 17, 2007 07:04 PM

      Fatted Calf, Fra Mani and the Cafe Rouge Meat Market all make excellent mortadella.

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse
        wally Aug 17, 2007 07:17 PM

        And they are all different.

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        local_guy Aug 17, 2007 01:41 PM

        If you ae in SF itself try Molinari's in North Beach or virtually any Italian deli. There is also another one on Chestnut as you are heading toward the GGB its on the right. I think its Lucca's or De Lucca's. If you are in the East Bay, try Genoa's on 51st & Telegraph right off the exit. All these places carry zampone as well. I'll bet your nonna took you to Genoa's WC location 4 years ago.

        PS if anyone can recommend a place in the NJ/NY area for the same please let me know.

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        1. re: local_guy
          Robert Lauriston Aug 17, 2007 02:12 PM

          Zampone's not easy to find.

          1. re: local_guy
            homerandsatchi Aug 17, 2007 05:04 PM

            Hoboken had great Italian delis when I lived in Weehawken years ago. There was a particularly good one (the name escapes me now) that served up roast beef sandwiches on fresh baked bread with au jus, fresh mozzarella and homemade roasted red peppers. It's not on the main drag, but a couple of streets down. You'll recognize it by the line out the door on Sunday mornings. Little Italy also has great delis galore!

            1. re: homerandsatchi
              homerandsatchi Aug 17, 2007 05:05 PM

              Sorry - that was for NY/NJ to be clear!

          2. f
            Fig Newton Aug 17, 2007 12:10 PM

            Fra Mani is now making a mortadella that I tasted and found to be delicious.

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              Sam B Aug 17, 2007 10:22 AM

              I can't give you any guidance on specific brands, but the quality of Mortadella in the U.S. increased dramatically some years back when the Federal Govt. approved the import of Italian Mortadella. If you are in Sonoma County, Traverso's is the place for salumi of all sorts, both in terms of selection, and handling. They regularly stock Italian Mortadella, as well as coteghino. Further, Claudio, who runs the deli section makes his own Pancetta and Guanciale which are both first rate if a bit lean.

              106 B Street
              Santa Rosa, CA

              1. Robert Lauriston Aug 16, 2007 11:55 PM

                Zampone's sometimes available around New Year's. Cotechino's easier.

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