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Oct 21, 2012 04:25 PM

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.