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REAL Italian Sausage in Portland

Sfmbucket Nov 24, 2009 02:02 PM

I have an associate who is a Floridian transplant and former gourmet food store owner....and he's looking for authentic Italian sausages. I just moved back from Bend, so I'm not a good source. Any suggestions?

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  1. pdxgastro RE: Sfmbucket Nov 24, 2009 06:08 PM

    Has he tried the Fred Meyer brand of Italian sausage (mild & hot)? They may not be super authentic but I think they are tasty.

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      Meatgarden RE: pdxgastro Nov 24, 2009 08:55 PM

      pdxgastro, FM brand sausage is an abomination. This person asks for advice on real Italian sausages available in a great food city and thats the best you can do, industrial by-product sewage? Send them to Sheridans or Pastaworks if nothing else. At least the money stays local and spent on a quality product. Fred Meyer? Really? Where am I? What site is this? Wha?
      Click on photo below for best Italian sausage in Portland.

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        JillO RE: Meatgarden Nov 25, 2009 12:19 PM

        As a Brooklyn, NY transplant who has lived here for over 8 years, I'd love to know where to go too. I haven't found what I like anywhere yet...even the Italian sausages at Chop and Laurelhurst Market don't taste right to me seasoning/spice-wise...and I do buy their other kinds of sausage, which are great...but their Italian sausages do not have the familiar flavor I grew up with.

        I have not checked into Phil's or Gartner's but I am thinking that time has come. If I go anytime soon, I'll dredge up this thread and let y'all know what I thought. Any other transplants out there who have found good Italian sausage?

        So, meatgarden, did you make those yourself?

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          Meatgarden RE: JillO Nov 25, 2009 07:28 PM

          JillO, I do make my own sausage. The pic is a recent batch of Italians. A word about Gartners. Most of their sausages are closer to what we think of as German style. They are generally made of emulsified meats and smoked. If you like that type I'd also try the Edelweiss, they have very good cured/smoked meats. Try Sheridans on MLK or go eat at Michaels on Sandy if you havn't yet. You may like those. Or better yet, buy a local hog and make your own.

          1. re: Meatgarden
            JillO RE: Meatgarden Nov 26, 2009 06:56 AM

            ...in my apartment kitchen that doesn't have a Kitchen Aid or food processor, no thanks! ;o)

            Sheridan's is a good suggestion, thanks, I live fairly close to it and will check it out soon. I see what you mean about Gartner's, and I like Edelweiss, but not for Italian sausage.

            Oh, and btw, you got some nice lookin' sausages there, meatgarden!

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      runninrob RE: Sfmbucket Nov 27, 2009 10:10 AM

      If you ever get down to Corvallis, there is a meat market on the east side of town on Highway 34 that produces a good italian sausage. It comes both in bulk and link form. I'm no expert, but this product is significantly better than any other I've tried. I live in Ashland and always stop on my way back to replenish the freezer.
      I agree with the comments regarding the FM post. This site is only as good as the opinions posted.
      Emmons Meat Market
      29545 Highway 34, Corvallis

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        tdpl RE: Sfmbucket Nov 29, 2009 06:45 PM

        The best Italian sausage in Portland is Carlito's sausage. You can purchase it at the Beaverton New Season's Market. It's in the frozen cooler to the right of the meat counter in back of the store. Not every New Seasons carries it, so call ahead to check the nearest one to your home. You can also order it fresh from Fred Carlo.(He's a great guy) He sells sausage sandwiches at the Portland Farmers Market located in the Portland State University campus on the weekends. Good Luck.

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