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Apr 25, 2012 06:39 PM

Buying great charcuterie in San Diego

Anyone know where I can source some good charcuterie around here? Most of the restaurants seem to either make their own or buy online. I'm talking some cured sausages, prosciutto, speck, etc. Nom.

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  1. Whole Foods in Hillcrest sells some really good stuff made by Creminelli and Fra Mani. The Creminelli is my favorite, though. They also sell really good prosciutto and speck from La Quercia in Iowa, and that stuff is amazing.

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      1. Yeah, I got my favorite Creminelli so far at Venissimo. The wild boar. Great on pizza.

        1. re: Josh

          Good god, CH deleted my last post. Here is the "non-offending portion":

          Actually, Venissimo tends to have a good selection of charcuterie, including Creminelli and Fra Mani. I also like that they have some really excellent bresaola.

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        1. Tender Greens has a charcuterie plate every day that consists of three types of house made salami (generous portions), three slices of house made country-style pate, pickled onions/peppers/olives, pepperoncin, and garlic ciabatta breadi. For $11, it's hard to beat.

          Can't remember all the items on their charcuterie plate, but 3rd Corner in OB hit the sweet spot with their version about a year ago. Don't know if it's on their every day menu or not.

          Mona Lisa Market has a good selection of prosciutto (domestic and Italian) as well as very nice salumi (mortadella, cappicola, soppresata, etc). Throw in some of their octopus salad, roasted peppers, olives, and provolone and you might not have a traditional French charcuterie but you'll have a good start on a proper antipasti course.

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          1. re: sandiegomike

            I liked the charcuterie at Tender Greens OK. The salumi was the best part. I think Blind Lady's terrines and pates are very good.

            I still miss Cafe Cerise's super generous lunchtime charcuterie plate.

          2. IMO nothing beats Fra Mani, but you can order La Quercia online which is handy. My ex-husband always sends us a big LaQ selection at Christmas and for a few days I forgive him everything. Around town, the house-made options are tasty onsite, but imo still amateurish in comparison with Fra Mani and LaQ.

            1. How about "Meat Man" who sells at 4-5 of the farmers markets?

              I haven't tried many of his cured products but everything I've tried of his is good.