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Boccalone salumi tasting (what'd you think?)

sgwood415 Sep 15, 2007 02:48 PM

Where you at the Boccalone tasting today? I'm curious to hear what everyone thought. What were your favorites?

Mortadella with pistachios was a religious experience for me. The blood sausage was also quite good. And loved that pate with the dab of mustard on top. The head cheese with pickeled onions was my other favorite (blanking on the correct name).

  1. Windy Sep 17, 2007 06:57 PM

    I didn't make to the tasting but ended up late Saturday night at Zuppa, where we thought the salumi was amazing. Coincidentally we chose a delicious mortadella with pistachios as well as lovely coppa and an exceptional sopressata.

    Has anyone tried both? Also curious if anyone could compare the Boccalone samples to Bar Bambino. Are they significantly different than what's been offered at Incanto to date?

    This was my first time at Zuppa, and we were surprised how much we liked it. The pizza was not really my style of crust, but even a simple wild arugula with parmesan salad was beautifully executed. The setting's definitely urban/industrial, but service is friendly, especially at the round bar.

    564 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

    Bar Bambino
    2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      DavidB Sep 17, 2007 11:17 AM

      I thought it was great. I really enjoyed the blood sausage on the fried quail egg with the thin crouton. The pate with mustard and the coppa di testa were my favorites. After then plentiful salumi tasting I could not resist joining.

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      1. re: DavidB
        Robert Lauriston Sep 17, 2007 11:35 AM

        Joining what?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          Morton the Mousse Sep 17, 2007 11:40 AM

          Joining the Boccalone Salumi Society that is the subject of this thread.


          1. re: Morton the Mousse
            Robert Lauriston Sep 17, 2007 12:00 PM

            What a great slogan: "Tasty Salted Pig Parts."

            Your post is the first mention of that in this topic. There was some discussion in this one:


            Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
            1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

        2. re: DavidB
          pane Sep 17, 2007 01:39 PM

          There were more attendees than I expected. I wonder how many people eventually joined. I did.

          I got the small package, which was about $175 for three months.

        3. larochelle Sep 16, 2007 11:52 AM

          The brittle was tasty. The house made cracker with the quail egg & blood sausage was lovely. I, too, loved the mortadella & the PLT. The various grilled fresh sausages were very good but not as stunning as the cured meats.

          My Italian friend thought a number of the items were "bland" - he's Roman and prefers more herbs & seasonings in his salumi. I enjoyed the plain porky-ness of Boccalone's offerings. I think the only thing I didn't enjoy was the liver - it was really intense.

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          1. re: larochelle
            NoeMan Sep 16, 2007 12:25 PM

            Where was the tasting ???

            1. re: NoeMan
              Atomica Sep 16, 2007 02:32 PM

              At Incanto.

              1. re: NoeMan
                sgwood415 Sep 16, 2007 05:28 PM

                It was on Saturday from 10 to 2.

                Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
                1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

              2. re: larochelle
                pane Sep 16, 2007 06:27 PM

                I think we were of the same party. I didn't try the PLT, which I now regret, but did like the frittata on offer.

                My favorites were the mortadella and unexpected, but delightful pork candy. Who would have thought? Chris Cosentino, naturally.

              3. Atomica Sep 16, 2007 10:19 AM

                The thinly shaved layer of just cured fat--what is that called? It was served atop a fig half. Very good. My friend thought it was going to be cheese and was shocked. We had a chuckle over that. I loved the mortadella too. Really can't complain about any of the offerings.

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                1. re: Atomica
                  Robert Lauriston Sep 16, 2007 10:21 AM


                  1. re: Atomica
                    sgwood415 Sep 16, 2007 10:28 AM

                    On the Boccalone website they list BiRite Market and Avedano's places that are carrying their products.

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                    pateman Sep 15, 2007 03:53 PM

                    the head cheese with the pickled onions is called coppa di testa

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                    1. re: pateman
                      sfpizzalover Sep 16, 2007 07:33 AM

                      The "PLT"(pancetta, lettuce and tomato) was the best! Toasted brioche, great summer tomatoes, a perfect sandwich!
                      Very tasty little sliced salumis, fennel and orange, I think. Portions were more than generous, and atmosphere was very friendly.
                      The guancialli brittle was delicious!

                      1. re: sfpizzalover
                        sgwood415 Sep 16, 2007 09:23 AM

                        I had two PLTs, the first ones had watercress and red tomato. The second batch had green tomato and different green. They were both amazing. Will definitely be making those for my next party.

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