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Apr 29, 2010 09:26 PM

Italian meats in DC

New to DC, I'm looking for a place where I can get high quality hot/sweet capicola, mortadella, and other Italian meats. I know they have what I'm looking for at Eastern Market, is it any good? To be honest it looked like their meats had been sitting there for awhile but I was probably mistaken. I tried at Litteri's last week but was disappointed in the quality of what I got...maybe it was an off day? I've previously had great luck with the quality of the hot capicola at Wegman's in Fairfax but it'd be nice to not have to drive way out there. Thanks!

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  1. Cornacopia is Bethesda has an excellent selection and is a great store.
    Marchionnes in Wheaton is also very good but not quite as gourmet as Cornacopia

    1. It's really far away and I know that this doesn't really answer your question but it seems like this might be a good place to share with everybody - Feast in Charlottesville stocks a few sausages from Salumi in Seattle. They have the Salumi Salame and the Mole.

      I haven't found many producers that are in Salumi's league, and I totally think it's worth a few hour drive to get them.

      1. Arrow Wine in Arlington is good, might not have all the deli meat you want, but I have always been happy w/ the quality there. tons of good cheese too. The Italian Store right down the street from Arrow might be helpful. Then Balducci's in McLean, they have the biggest selection I've found.

        Italian Store
        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

        1. Thanks for the responses! I'll definitely check Balduccis and Cornacopia. I will also try the Italian Store, that's a good suggestion I just wasn't sure if they sold meats by the pound (as opposed to just in their sandwiches). As for the place in Charlottesville, if I'm ever down there I'll check it out for sure. I splurge sometimes and order online for Salumi in's worth the price.

          Any word on the stuff at Eastern Market?

          Italian Store
          3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

          600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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          1. re: mt7187

            10 years of shopping at the Eastern Market and no problems with anything the Canales sold. ok once the domestic prosciutto looked a little gray, but you can always request. and I went on a muffaletta kick once and bought too many things, more than I could use. but I'd trust them way over anyone in the least geared to a larger demographic.

              1. For the hot coppa, The Deli in Fairfax and Herndon has the best I've ever had. I'll put it on myself to go back and try to get the name of the producer.

                Not Italian, but definitely worth a mention, The Russian Gourmet (at least in Herndon - another is in Rockville) has a nice selection of sausages, salamis, etc.

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                1. re: Dennis S

                  Vace has great hot sausage.
                  Can't really vouch for any other bulk meat there, though their sandwiches are good.

                  3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008