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Aug 14, 2009 09:41 AM

Buying best quality prosciutto (San Mateo area)

What market should I go to? My first thought is Draeger's. Is there a better choice? I'll be in a bit of a time crunch, so somewhere in San Mateo/Belmont/San Carlos/Foster City would be the most helpful.

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  1. Draeger's is your best bet in the area, especially if you're crunched for time. Kinda pricey, but that's the nature of the beast.

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    1. re: LarryW

      Assuming you are buying Proscuitto from Parma or San Danielle, you should be fine. Perhaps more important than the name of the store, will be the skill of the person slicing it for you. I have found that certain stores, regardless of reputation of high end name and clientele, don't know how to slice properly. The best proscuitto, poorly sliced, is still poor.

    2. I'm not too familiar with SM county restaurants, but a number of high-end Italian places in SF make their own prosciutto...North Beach restaurant is excellent.

      1. Stangelini's Italian Deli. 501 N. San Mateo Drive, in San Mateo about 8 blocks north of downtown.

        1. The best prosciutto around is made by a company in Iowa named LaQuercia. Find a store that sells it -- WF Markets do -- I believe. Organic, well-made, the owners lived in Parma for years and know their trade!