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Buying great charcuterie in San Diego

hybrid5228 Apr 25, 2012 06:39 PM

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. Josh RE: hybrid5228 Apr 25, 2012 07:04 PM

    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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      hybrid5228 RE: Josh Apr 25, 2012 07:17 PM

      Oooh good idea!

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        Josh RE: shouzen Apr 25, 2012 09:52 PM

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

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          shouzen RE: Josh Apr 26, 2012 07:22 AM

          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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        sandiegomike RE: hybrid5228 Apr 25, 2012 11:13 PM

        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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          Josh RE: sandiegomike Apr 25, 2012 11:30 PM

          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.

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          pickypicky RE: hybrid5228 Apr 26, 2012 08:03 AM

          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.

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            svnirvana RE: hybrid5228 Apr 26, 2012 10:17 AM

            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.

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              hybrid5228 RE: hybrid5228 Apr 26, 2012 10:25 AM

              Awesome suggestions, guys. Thanks so much! I can't wait to try some of these.

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                4wino RE: hybrid5228 Apr 26, 2012 10:21 PM

                In order of preference:

                Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano

                Worst ever:

                K&B in Del Cerro, $23 for some cheap ass bologna. Also by far most expensive. Have not been there for a year or so, and no plans to go back.

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