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House made sausage

I am on a quest for a place that makes its own Italian sausage. My parents used to buy Italian sausage "tweaked" with extra fennel and red pepper seed from a grocer in Little Italy, Baltimore. I would like to find a place that makes good Italian sausage that could "tweak" it a little for them. Any clues?

Thanks.

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  1. i'd like to find the same in arlington or environs.

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    1. re: alkapal

      Oh, come on into DC, Alkapal! It's worth it for Litteri's house-made sausage - hot or mild. It's lean enough to put on the grill so you have to be a little careful with it, but it's the best around.
      New York Avenue Metro is really close, or an easy drive from NoVA.

    2. Meat crafters seems pretty good, but I don't know if they have an italian sausage or if they would tweak it for you. Here's their website--I think they have more sausages than they list here though--
      http://www.meatcrafters.com/index.html

      1. Are you near Baltimore? Boarman's in Highland and the Laurel Meat Market in Laurel both make their own sausage. They're both small enough that I wouldn't be surprised if they'd consider special orders.

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        1. re: HowChowBlog

          Thanks! I will try these. It's for part of the dinner for my dad's 81st birthday.

          1. re: HowChowBlog

            Boarman's is great but out-of-the-way. Old-fashioned family grocery that makes their own, in business 50 years.
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/mis...

            1. re: a1234

              I called Boarman's and am headed there tomorrow. He said they make the "best" italian sausage and to try it. After tasting it, if I think it needs more fennel and red pepper, he will work with me to get it right for my dad. He is a charming person and I am looking forward to trying his best. Thanks for the recommendation. Laurel does not tweak the sausage.

              1. re: kara2006

                The declaration is that the sausages from Boarman's are the best since Little Italy or Connecticut with no tweaking. Thanks for the recommendations.

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                Little Italy Restaurant
                6920 Bradlick Shopping Ctr, Annandale, VA 22003

                1. re: kara2006

                  I'm so glad that Boarman's worked out!

                  1. re: kara2006

                    Though the hot sausages are hot enough for me, I do agree on the fennel - still, it is very fresh and good indeed, as everyone who I know who has had them agrees.