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Best sliced to order deli meats...

NahantNative Jul 15, 2010 08:13 AM

I usually go with boar's head,but I'm looking to step it up with a fresher, in house cooked deli meat, especially turkey...prefeably in the Boston area. any suggestions?

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    Gabatta Jul 18, 2010 01:52 PM

    Their meat isn't cooked in house, however Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park is my go to for cold cuts.

    1. GretchenS Jul 16, 2010 03:44 PM

      John Dewar in Newton Center has amazing in-house roasted turkey breast they slice to order that tastes exactly like Thanksgiving (except not dried out).

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        Jenny Ondioline Jul 16, 2010 10:21 AM

        I can't help with the fancier stuff other than to second the recommendations for Russo's and Salumeria Italiana. But after years of enjoying Boar's Head products, I've fairly recently made the switch to Dietz and Watson (available at Star/Shaws) and I have to say, for everyday cold cuts, D&W is far superior to BH. I can't help but think there's been a drop-off in quality with Boar's Head products over the last couple years.

        Salumeria Italiana
        151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

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          emilief Jul 16, 2010 10:08 AM

          Went to Baza for the first time last month and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of deli meats offered. Especially love their "Old Polish Ham."

          30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

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            Prav Jul 16, 2010 10:29 AM

            I agree, some of Baza's deli meats are excellent.

            30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

          2. BobB Jul 16, 2010 08:35 AM

            There are two places in the Boston area that I know of where you can get turkey that tastes like actual home-roasted Thanksgiving turkey: Whole Foods (their in-store roasted version, not the brand names) and DeLuca's Markets.

            I haven't tried Roch Bros. or Russo's but their reputation is good.

            DeLuca's Market
            11 Charles St, Boston, MA

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              gltsoi Jul 15, 2010 06:46 PM

              Russo's in Watertown has excellent cold cuts including a house roast turkey. I also love the Niman Ranch Ham.


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                Spenbald Jul 15, 2010 08:21 PM

                It's true that they have some good deli meats, but I was very disappointed in some Serrano ham I got from them several weeks ago. Half of the ham was completely dried out and tasted like rubber. If they are going to have specialty hams like Serrano, they should learn to take better care of them.

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                devilham Jul 15, 2010 01:08 PM

                J Pace's and Son's seems a good spot, at least when I get their italian sandwich, the meats seem very good quality and freshness. They are in the North End

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                  9lives Jul 15, 2010 01:49 PM

                  I had a Pace proscuitto sub today..agree excellent. They're also in the FD on Devonshire, Seaport, near MGH and in Saugus.

                  Salumeria Italiana in the NE also has great Italian cold cuts.

                  Salumeria Italiana
                  151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

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                    baldbert Jul 15, 2010 01:55 PM

                    Whole foods has decent turkey and roast beef. I actually like Boar's Head better though. We get cold cuts in Medford at Bob's. Savenor's has tasty ham.

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                      southie_chick Jul 15, 2010 07:24 PM

                      Was the prociutto imported or domestic at Pace?

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                        9lives Jul 15, 2010 07:54 PM

                        Pace sells Canadian for about $12/lb..Italian for $20ish.

                        The sandwiches are made with the Canadian.

                        Both imported but the Italian is better for stand alone.less salt. In a sandwich,with other ingredients, the difference is neglible.

                        Fresh Cheese on Fleet exclusively uses Italian..and makes a great sandwich...better bread than Pace.

                        Baltic and the Brookline Russion markets slice some good salami too.Corned beef at Michael's in Brookline..Pastrami at Sam Lagrassa's.

                        All good sliced to order deli meats and far better than Boar's Head.

                        Fresh Cheese
                        81 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

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                          southie_chick Jul 18, 2010 11:16 AM

                          Thanks 9 - I used to work in Wellsley for years & got spoiled by the Tutto Italiano subs - I ALWAYS got the bread since the rolls would almost break my
                          teeth ; ). Now that I'm in the Financial District, I'm looking for a good Italian/prociutto sub - I'll have to try Fresh Cheese soon.

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                    Velda Mae Jul 15, 2010 09:35 AM

                    Roche Bros. roasts meats in-house and they are delicious. Sometimes we ask them to slice the turkey thick and get a container of their gravy and make hot turkey sandwiches. I know the gravy is made in-house, too.

                    A second choice would be Russo's. Russo's has meats they roast in-house and also carries Thumann's products, which I like better than Boar's Head. They also have Niman Ranch ham.

                    Roche Bros Supermarket
                    34 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA

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