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Sep 4, 2010 11:50 PM

Salumi: yea or nay?

This seems to be one of "must try" places recommended to visitors, and I wanted to start a thread to really help people make the decision. If people respond with their yeas and nays, I'll try to compile them at the end so that visitors to Seattle can get a sense of what chowhounds feel about the place. Of course, the more detail you give about your experience, the better.

Before I turn this thread loose, I wanted to share my recent experience with Salumi.

We got there quarter to 11:00 and waited forty-five minutes to order our food. Was it worth the wait? Th short answer, imo, is no. That's not to say the food was bad. It wasn't. I liked the porchetta(sp?), particularly the seasoning/herbs. The bread was not too thick for this sandwich, especially since there were chunks of meet, which lead to a nice ratio of meat-to-bread. (Some sandwiches I saw didn't have this good ratio, however.)

We also ordered the salumi platter (cold), which came with a variety of salami. It was good, but not something you *must* try. However, I must say that I'm not a big salami/cured meats type of person. So maybe people who love cured meats just appreciate this more. (Let's here from you if this is true.)

Oh yeah we also got the green beans with pesto. The pesto was a bit too mild (although a friend disagreed). This was enjoyable, but, again, not something I'd say you have to go out of your way to try.

One last thing. I've read some comments about the uppity service. On the day we went, everyone that was very polite and friendly. I had no complaints about that.

The final verdict? Well, we only got a few items, and there were other things I wanted to try. Maybe I just didn't get the item that would have blown me away. But just based on this one experience, I wouldn't say it's a "must try." On the other hand, if you're a cured meats fan, that may be a different story.

I can't say that you shouldn't go to this place, but, at this point, I don't think it's a must try, either. If I had to choose one, I'd say, "nay."

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. I have traveled extensively in Italy and I can honestly say that Armandino & Gina Batali have captured the essence of a fading old world approach to food. (Whereas millions of Americans fill Olive Gardens every night to partake of boiled-in-a-bag chicken breasts covered in a sauce best described as "dreck.") In Italy, you will never have a caprisi salad in February when the tomatoes are not in season. At Salumi, you will experience gnocci made fresh by hand by Mario's mother covered in a simple tomato oxtail sauce that in Italy is called "gravy." Meats cured in traditions hundreds of years old. Pork cheeks sought out from local butchers to be converted into recipes developed in Parma, Italy centuries ago. Salumi's aura ensures that Chowhounds from around the world gather together in such a humble setting, standing in line each day to capture, for a moment, this timeless experience. They meet each other at the communal table to share stories and revere the rarity of being together at this time--at this moment--to carry on the storied history of an ancient country that still tries to keep those traditions alive. Humble wine, simple bread and joyous laughter all come together in to create an etherial experience that can best be described in the new world language of English. And that word is: Sublime.

    309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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    4221 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

    1. I'm with Leper.

      And frankly, if you don't 'get' cured meats, and your soul isn't refreshed by communal tables and a trusting host in an untrusting world who puts out bottles of wine for customers to help themselves to and pay when they leave--which you must not be, since you didn't mention even mention this, then your 'nay' isn't very qualified.

      In a world overrun with Olive Gardens, Salumi is an oasis.

      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      1. I’m not going to be as hard on you as Neecies (and I don’t hold it against you that you and I disagree about the best croissant in Seattle), except to say that it’s not surprising that Salumi wouldn’t be on your must-try list if you’re “not a big salami-cured meats type of person.” But, given that, why did you order the cold-meat sampler instead of the hot-meat sampler? Armandino’s meatballs, for instance, are deservedly legendary. Back on the subject of salumi, I’m assuming that comparing Armandino’s salumi to, say, that of Fra’ Mani or Creminelli wouldn’t be high on your list. If you aren’t really “into” salumi, why would it be? I give you big points, however, for your honesty about your food interests, likes and dislikes, and tempering your comments in light of that.

        1. Yea.
          Good people. Good food. Yes the line is long so don't expect fast service. The hot and cold sandwiches are great, the salumi is top notch and they also sell guanciale (a total bonus).

          1. When it comes to sandwiches they are overrated in my opinion especially considering you can buy their salumi product at least in any grocery store around here these days. DeLaurenti has their salumi plus a nice selection of other vendors salumis and prosciuttos, that would be my choice if I was making my own sandwich. The staff there has always been friendly when we've gone but I have definitely noticed the line has become outrageously long. I am an impatient former New Yorker and that just won't due! Baguette Box makes tastier sandwiches and no one seems to talk them up. In fact they have one that's made with Salumi's salumi.

            Baguette Box
            1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101