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Looking for a real salumeria

Have all the real meat markets/deli counters gone the way of Boars Head? Back in the day my grandfather used to make his own prosciutto and cure his own deli meats, but that was in the Ohio Valley and many years ago ... now I'm in NYC and looking for some authentic Italian deli meats, anyone got some leads? Double bonus points if anyone can point me to some cinghiale, please?

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  1. I'm a Florida boy currently on vacation in NYC myself, but I can tell you that you desperately need to visit Salumeria Biellese for everything you want: http://www.salumeriabiellese.com/

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Definitely Salumeria Biellese, though the counter guys can be difficult to deal with. More than once I've stood in the long line while a bunch of guys are just standing around ignoring the customers.

      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        Another vote for Salumeria Biellese; these folks are old school (no disrespect to Buon Italia, DiPalo's or Faicco all of whom I like).

        1. re: Lucia

          I love Faicco, but I didn't think their salami was so exciting. You can get better right at Murray's instead.

          Garden of Eden is pretty great for salami selection, but it doesn't fill the need for a good salumeria.

        2. 1. DiPalo' 200 Grand Street
          2. Dean and DeLuca soho

          1. Love DiPalo's. They don't make their salami's at all, but have great selection. Never been to Biellese, got check it out.

              1. I love Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market. Two days ago I stocked up on italian salami, bresaola and fresh burrata. http://www.buonitalia.com/

                1. I would post this question on the Outer Boroughs boards as well. I'm afraid to give you a long and detailed reply on why you should venture up to Arthur Ave in the Bronx and make a bee line for the Calabria Pork Store for fear the Chowhound Police will delete my reply...let me just say, it's one of the last places in NYC that makes their own salami, and all their fresh sausage. It's a thing of legend.

                  That said I love stopping in at DiPalo's when I'm in that area. Very very well sourced stuff there.

                  I've been meaning to try Salumeria Biellese for ages, it's high on my list, but closes kind of early for me.

                  Not Italian, but German, the other venerable deli meat country, Schaller and Weber on 86th and 2nd Ave is a fantastic reason to visit the UES.

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                  1. re: ballulah


                    I posted on the Outer Borough board first (as I'm from Queens and I figured the Bronx and Brooklyn would have more options ;)

                    many thanks to all you wonderful folks for recs and suggestions!


                  2. The best there is....my family has been going for as far back as i can recall.
                    A & S Italian Pork StoreA & S Italian Pork Store

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                    274 5th Ave
                    Brooklyn, NY 11215

                    (718) 768-2728‎