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weezycom Jun 30, 2009 06:54 PM

A couple of months ago, the Giant stores around me started offering sausages made by Roma, a Baltimore outfit, in their stores. I got some of the mild Italian style tonight (they also carry hot Italian, celery, chorizo and Polish styles, although maybe not all on the same day). I really liked the sausage. It was well packed but not overly-solid, with a good balance of flavors, nothing overpowering but the flavors sort of unfolded one after another. I'm going to try some of their other varieties -- they certainly blow Logan's sausages out of the water.

  1. alkapal Jul 13, 2009 03:30 AM

    weezycom, thanks for the tip on roma sausage. we tried the italian yesterday, and it is lean and very flavorful. i have some of their country sausage to try later....

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      weezycom Jul 13, 2009 04:19 AM

      You're welcome.

      I tried some green pepper and onion sausage most recently. That variety seemed a little bland to me. I'm intrigued by the celery sausage, so I'll probably try that next.

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        alkapal Jul 13, 2009 04:39 AM

        i didn't see those varieties. our giant (which is the small one on spout run pkwy) only had sweet italian, and country style. maybe hot italian? (don't recall).

        the fresh chorizo nearby in the case was not from roma, and looked *very* fatty.

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          MikeR Jul 13, 2009 02:43 PM

          Which department of that Giant? I was there today (needed my Italian Store fix) and stopped in to check out the Roma sausages. I saw Adell's. Turkey Hill, Giant's brand, and some other memorable (but I don't remember it) name, but no Roma. I looked in the deli section, too. Eckrich, yes, Roma, no.

          Maybe it's a sometime thing. I think grocery stores do that just to tease us.

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            alkapal Jul 13, 2009 03:03 PM

            mike, back in the regular meat dept., but right next to the open "specialty upscale meats" area, on the top shelf. i bought them on saturday, but i think they were going "off date", thus were each marked 1.50 off their regular 3.99 price.

            ask the meat dept. guy, or at the front.

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      thecheeseisblue Jul 1, 2009 08:25 AM

      I usually buy them at the Canton Safeway, but they can also be purchased directly from the source. The "store" in H-town also has some good veal.

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        amaebi Jul 1, 2009 01:27 PM

        The "store" in Highlandtown (on Claremont St.) no longer exists! Went there to pick up sausages for Memorial day weekend and there was butcher paper on the windows and a sign that they had moved to Essex. great sausage though.

      2. tcamp Jul 1, 2009 08:01 AM

        Geez, and I had just written off Giants the other night. I don't shop there often and Monday it was the closest option after work. Two of the three things I wanted, they didn't have (really high-brow stuff; diet tonic water in 2 liter size and regular bricks of part-skim mozzarella cheese). This sausage sounds worthy of a visit, though. Wonder if they have it at "my" Giant on Duke street?

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          abovethewaves Jul 1, 2009 08:08 AM

          You can shop online at www.romagourmet.com

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          abovethewaves Jul 1, 2009 07:35 AM

          A buddy of mine knows the guy who owns Roma.....and he orders sausage directly from him. Twice a year I am able to put an order in with him and just last week I picked up 30 lbs. of "Chesapeake Style" at $2.25 a lb. I has a hint of a "crab type" seasoning in it and they are the best sausages I've ever had.

          1. alkapal Jun 30, 2009 07:35 PM

            thanks for the heads up, weezycom. i'll look for it. how's the fat level?

            and, where's your giant?

            have you ever cooked the sweet italian sausage in a skillet with lots of greek oregano? a friend served it at a party, and it's fabulous. i thought it was the best sausage i'd ever had. and i asked , "what is this, some gourmet sausage from a greek deli?" no -- just the giant italian sausage! technique here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6272...

            try it!

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              weezycom Jul 1, 2009 01:04 PM

              I've seen at both Annandale locations. I'll have to try it with the oregano -- sounds great!

              As for the fat level....ummmm.....well, let's just say it's sausage and leave it at that, 'kay?

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              LGood Jun 30, 2009 07:34 PM

              Roma sausage can also be found at local Mars stores.

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