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Cured meats - particularly (but not exclusively) Italian

Where's the best place to pick up cured meats? (I thought I had posted this once before, but can't seem to find my own post - my apologies). Having a party on Saturday, and want some cured animal product.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Not Italian, but Baltic Deli in Dorchester has great Polish ham, kielbasa, etc. I swoon over their smoked pork loin.

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      1. re: Taralli

        Yep, that's it. I thought it was Dorchester at that point, sorry - my bad geography.

    1. I'm not sure where you're located or whether budget is an issue, but I'd recommend Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave. in Cambridge. They have cured meats from several countries. I particularly like the Rosette de Lyon, a French salami. Formaggio also has a store in the South End.

      1. In the North End I would recco Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street. Google them, you can see what products they offer.

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        1. re: pasuga

          l second formaggio; whole foods has some good meat, too, including pork from Le Quecera from Iowa.

          for german sausages, there is Karl'e.

          1. re: pasuga

            2nd Salumeria Italiana. Not the cheapest, but their quality is great. Russo's is good, too, and a little less pricey.

          2. If you want something a little different, try the Soujouk or Basterma from the Armenian markets in Watertown.

            I'm getting ready to hang my own this coming weekend so I have some homemade for the holidays.

            1. I pick up, perfectly ok, sopressata ($8.99 lb), whenever I'm at McKinnons in Davis Sq. They have many other cured meats available as well, but haven't tried them. There's also the Italian store, Sessa's, in Davis Sq. where you could also find what you're looking for.

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              1. re: Taralli

                Also in Davis, you can find a small but well-curated (heh) selection of cured meats at Dave's Fresh Pasta. I recall they stock La Quercia in particular.

              2. Bob's in Medford is pretty good.. and actually, the Whole Foods in Dedham seems to have a nice albeit pricey selection

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                1. re: grant.cook

                  Russo's is excellent for everything so you can get your fruits, veggies, cheese and deli there with pretty good options and range. The Russian markets, particularly Bazaar on Cambridge Street in Allston, have excellent prices on a wide range of Italian and other deli products, including some of the best hams and smoked porks you can find in this area. Both Russo's and Bazaar are also good for pickles, olives, etc. and better than average for fresh bread.

                2. In addition to all the other excellent selections, don't forget Spain.

                  Las Ventas in the South End has an assortment of cured meats including the "jamon iberica de belllota,"..not inexpensive but incredibly delicious.

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                  1. re: 9lives

                    They also have a few types of Iberian Ham at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge. They usually start around $100/lb and go up from there, but it's well worth the price for a little taste.