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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?

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  1. nsxtasy RE: twodales Jul 8, 2010 12:28 PM

    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.

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      ferret RE: twodales Jul 8, 2010 12:33 PM

      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

      1. chicgail RE: twodales Jul 10, 2010 10:23 AM

        I was on Macello on West Lake last night. The food was hit or miss, but the place felt enormously authentic, down to a little deli in the front room. They had speck and mozzarella on the menu and I wondered if they would also sell it in the deli/

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          twodales RE: chicgail Jul 17, 2010 11:06 PM

          To answer my own question: I was just on the Fox & Obel web site and there was mention of German Speck. Thanks for the responses all!

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            TrentinaNE RE: twodales Jul 28, 2010 04:06 PM

            How did Fox & Obel work out for you? I'm thinking that "German speck" may not be the same thing you were looking for. Was it truly smoked prosciutto or more like bacon? I need to bug Trader Joe's about dropping the Volpi Speck. For a domestic product, it wasn't bad.

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              twodales RE: TrentinaNE Jul 28, 2010 05:17 PM

              I havent been able to get to F & O yet...back problems. I might try Riviera soon, sounds intriguing.

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                twodales RE: TrentinaNE Aug 18, 2010 11:01 AM

                I contacted Volpi and they said I can order it online. They don't sell it in Chicago anymore. I think I'll try Riviera first. It was Volpi that I used to buy at Trader Joe's.

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            amoncada RE: twodales Jul 27, 2010 07:50 PM

            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.

            1. nsxtasy RE: twodales Aug 18, 2010 11:26 AM

              Longtime Chicago residents know that there is another connotation for "Speck in Chicago"...

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                twodales RE: nsxtasy Aug 18, 2010 05:59 PM


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                beanbreath RE: twodales Aug 19, 2010 10:43 AM

                I used to sell speck @ F&O--we got it from NYC--nicely smoked and peppery--very lean.
                Paulina Market is another source of German speck (near north side, Chi.).

                Paulina Market
                3501 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

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                  twodales RE: beanbreath Aug 19, 2010 03:39 PM


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                  lcpdwife RE: twodales Aug 20, 2010 10:59 AM

                  Panozzo's has speck, check out their website!

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                    mexicophile RE: twodales Aug 21, 2010 04:13 PM

                    Just saw speck at Whole Foods this morning.

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                      twodales RE: mexicophile Aug 21, 2010 04:40 PM

                      Thanks for all of the speck sightings!

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