Friday, May 31, 2013

Offbeat Seattle Attraction: Salumi Artisan Cured Meats

I spent many hours dreaming of Salumi's before I ever stepped foot in the place. At this point, I've only been there twice but it is still somewhere I feel confident recommending.

Salumi was founded by Armandino Batali (Principal Salumist), the father of New York chef Mario Batali. Armandino actually retired from Boeing to focus on meat and it is still family-run. Like Rogacki in Berlin, this place is Anthony Bourdain reviewed & approved.

Seattle lunch

Why only twice if I feel so strongly about their goods? Because they are so good and so successful, they barely even need you. Hours are practically impossible for a working stiff like we were when living in Seattle. Luckily, on our last stop-in we were just visiting "home".

Salami platter & hot platter

You can visit the storefront, or buy online. Sandwiches, meats, cheeses and more are all on offer. If you do visit, prepare for a wait. Peak times (lunch) usually feature a wait out the door as the dining area itself is also quite small. You can get your meal to go, but I recommend trying to go off-peak and finding a seat. Then you may have to battle sold-out items, but I prefer it a little less hectic.

What's perhaps very best about this place, even better than their extraordinary meats, is the exclusive/inclusive feeling you get when you are there. You feel like the elite for having made it in. And the first-world hardships of difficult opening hours, a long line, and the goodness of the food opens you up to to love your fellow man. The first time we ate there, we chatted with our line mates and ate with them at the familial table. They were a businessman in town for the day, a housewife who had hired sitters for her kids in order to be there, a local foodie, and us. Good food unites all.

Salumi Artisan Cured Meats

Address: 309 3rd Ave S  Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 621-8772
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-3:30/4pm
Zagat: 28 / 30


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