Boccalone salumi tasting (what'd you think?)
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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!