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Oct 9, 2008 01:20 PM

Best Italian cured meats selection - sopresatta

Boston CHOW sending lieutenants down to Manhattan to bring back a broad selection of interesting Italian cured meats (artisan or otherwise) for a small but very high end private tasting event with deep pockets budget.

What are the 3 or 4 "must stops" for such a mission ??

Does not have to be limited to Italian if other places fit the bill.

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  1. I would suggest that the lieutenant check out:

    Di Palo - Italian - excellent prosciutto, both de Parma and Daniele. And I love their Mortadella, though not cured.

    Despana - Spanish - jamon serrano, iberico, belota (sp?)

    There's also a salumeria that people recommend, but I don't remember it's name.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Thanks !!

      Is the other one Salumeria Biellese ?

      1. re: pondrat

        Yes it is. By the way - not sure when you are coming down, but Di Palo gets really busy on the weekends. They have a number system and you can wait a good 20 or 30 minutes until it's your turn - they are great about letting you taste, ask questions, taking all the time you need when it is your turn. They open at 9 am, and Despana doesn't open until 11, so, regardless of the day, do go to Di Palo first (you can check out some Chinatown eats - there's great Banh Mi at Saigon Bakery just a block away), then head to Despana in Soho.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I would also add Fiacco's Pork store on bleeker to the above....Di Palo is the holy grail, thats your first stop. Despana is a great idea for a high end party, some of their high end iberico hams are $160/ pound!!....

            1. re: MMRuth

              That list looks very dangerous ! :)

              1. re: pondrat

                It's missing Saigon Bakery - but it's on Mott, on the block south of Di Palo - on the east (i.e. left side in that case) of the street. There's a jewelry shop inside as well.

                1. re: pondrat

                  Looking at the list - you might want to try some speck and bunderfleisch as well - pretty sure Murrays carries them both, and I think DiPalo may have speck.

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    yep. be sure to check out the new "murray's real salami" in grand central station... not just the cheese shop.

              2. re: Cpalms

                Thanks Cpalms...The fact that Fiacco's makes a Broccoli Rabe Sausage Bread would be worth the trip alone !!


            2. re: pondrat

              DiPalo is a great store, but I would recommend you do not miss Salumeria Biellese:


              1. re: fourunder

                hi I had a quick question. I went there and I was looking to buy maybe a quarter pound of a couple different cured meats like speck or culatello. But when I went there they said they only sell it by the whole piece not 1/4 pound. So instead I just got a salami and cheese sandwhich. What have you gotten from there? Did you buy a giant piece of meat wholesale. I am only one person and thats way too much for me. Thanks

                1. re: Warren14

                  I have definitely bought 1/4 pound of culatello at DiPalo before.

                  1. re: kobetobiko

                    It sounds as if Warren is tallking about S. Biellese selling only whole pieces; look at their list:


                    I have a question about Biellese: Do they routinely have most of the types of sausage on hand, or do you have to order the more unusual varieties in advance?

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            1. I might add Salumeria Rosi on the UWS, though Di Palo is indeed the holy grail, and cheaper than anywhere else.

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