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Cured meats - particularly (but not exclusively) Italian

Indirect Heat Oct 21, 2012 04:25 PM

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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    gimlis1mum RE: Indirect Heat Oct 21, 2012 04:45 PM

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

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      Taralli RE: gimlis1mum Oct 23, 2012 07:44 AM

      Isn't this in South Boston near Andrew T stop: http://www.balticeuropeandeli.com/

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        gimlis1mum RE: Taralli Oct 23, 2012 10:39 AM

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

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      Velda Mae RE: Indirect Heat Oct 21, 2012 04:55 PM

      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.

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        pasuga RE: Indirect Heat Oct 21, 2012 05:35 PM

        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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          cambridgedoctpr RE: pasuga Oct 21, 2012 09:39 PM

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

          for german sausages, there is Karl'e.

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            nsenada RE: pasuga Oct 22, 2012 06:15 AM

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

          2. Infomaniac RE: Indirect Heat Oct 22, 2012 07:46 AM

            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.

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              Taralli RE: Indirect Heat Oct 22, 2012 08:30 AM

              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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                Dea RE: Taralli Oct 23, 2012 07:23 AM

                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.

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                grant.cook RE: Indirect Heat Oct 22, 2012 06:11 PM

                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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                  teezeetoo RE: grant.cook Oct 23, 2012 05:40 AM

                  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.

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                  9lives RE: Indirect Heat Oct 23, 2012 10:04 AM

                  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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                    mkfisher RE: 9lives Oct 23, 2012 01:14 PM

                    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.

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