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Feb 25, 2014 08:25 PM

Where to find newly allowed Italian meats in Bay area??

Now that the US has lifted the ban on more Italian meat products, I was wondering if anyone has found a good place to buy them, especially in the East Bay or on the peninsula?

The only place that I have seen a couple of them is at Draegers in Blackhawk, and they don't always have them.

The ban has been lifted for a few months now, I believe, so I was hoping that we would start to see more of them here soon.

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    1. the imports aren't superior in every instance to the best domestic products. it's what you prefer, and a blind tasting is the fairest test. specifically, there are a handful of outstanding traditional (air cured with salt only, no smoking, like prosciutto di Parma) domestic hams from humanely raised heritage breeds that are equal to most of the imports. selbstverstänlich, the imports that reach your local retailer here don't necessarily represent the very best that you could find in Italia.

      1. Huh, I hadn't heard about that. Prosciutto di Parma and San Daniele have been around for a while. The recent change regards stuff I have not seen imported that's not much attempted locally, including:

        Coppa Piacentina
        Coppa di Parma
        Salame di Varzi
        Salame Brianza
        Salame Piacentino
        Salame Cacciatore
        Soprèssa Vicentina
        Salame Cremona
        Pancetta Piacentina
        Culatello di Zibello

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Has anyone spotted any culatello di zibello?

          I agree with moto that most of the imports here don't always represent the best of Italy, but I still think it's worth seeking out the best of the imports rather than settle for domestic.

          1. re: felice

            I'd like to second this. Has anyone spotted any culatello di zibello?

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            I did know about it either until I spotted some new items in the deli at Draegers that were from Italy. Went home and looked it up and found out about the change in rules.

            Unfortunately though, have not yet found a local source, with many choices. Perhaps, it takes a while for companies to go through the licensing process.