Looking for Speck in Chicago
- twodales Jul 8, 2010 12:18 PM
For those of you that might not know, Speck is smoked prosciutto, commonly used in Northern Italy. Trader Joe's has stopped selling it so I need a new source. I prefer the taste and texture to many prosciuttos and Serrano ham. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy it in Chicago?
I would try one of the Italian markets, such as Panozzo's in the South Loop ( www.panozzos.com ), the markets on Grand around May Street, or the string of them up and down Harlem Avenue in Chicago and Elmwood Park. You could try both Caputo's chains - Angelo Caputo's in five suburbs ( www.caputomarkets.com ) and Caputo Cheese Market in Elmwood Park and Lake Forest ( www.wisconcorp.com/caputocheese.html ). You could phone ahead to ask, of course, but these are all great places with lots of good stuff, so it will be fun to visit and you'll probably find things you want, even if they don't have speck.
Chicago's a big city. In addition to the recommendations above, there's Conte Di Savoia on Taylor, Quartino on State/Ontario and Tony's in Park Ridge.
626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Check out Riviera Foods on Harlem Avenue in Elmwood Park, it will take you back in time about 60 years...I"m almost positive I purchased Speck at Riviera. Prices are CRAZY CHEAP! Very few English words spoken there, which adds to the charm. Stop by the newest Caputo's at Grand and Harlem too...pretty amazing ethnic specialty-Italian/American/Polish store.