Salumi

I’ve been trying to make my way to Salumi for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating their goods all over the place. Lots of places sell their cured meats in dishes on their menus, but my favorite is Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. After having mentioned it in the Serious Pie post, I decided to get downtown and try the full-blown Salumi experience.

We couldn’t find it. I’m no stranger to downtown Seattle, but seriously. We drove past the joint three times before calling and asking where in the hell they were. Normally it would’ve just been part of the adventure, driving around and searching for a place. However, they were closing in less than thirty minutes, so time was short. The lady who answered wasn’t surprised by the call and calmly directed us back to the tiny corner of 3rd and maybe 2nd? Whatever that little corner is across from Seattle Lighting. James parked in a temporary spot and stayed in the car while I ran into the store before they closed. As I crossed the street, I saw that of course they were flying their pig flag, but it’s not that noticeable. It’s probably the most discreet store-front in downtown Seattle, with the exception of the Pink Door. There were none of the famous lines streaming out the door to indicate it was the famous pork shop, but I guess that was because they’d already been by to clean out the place.

I like hot sandwiches and had been looking forward to either a meatball or porchetta. After looking for a few seconds, I just threw myself on the mercy of the lady behind the counter and asked her to give me a couple of whatever she had left. She put together the grilled lamb with roasted peppers ($8.50) and a winter salami ($7.50) with provolone (+$1.50).

When I saw the ciabatta bread my heart sank. It’s probably my least favorite bread because it generally has the consistency of a loofah and the taste of a sawdust mound. The only time it borders on ok is when it’s been squished and toasted in a panini press, but no such luck here today. The sandwich lady said that it wasn’t ciabatta, but rather its cousin. I knew baguette would taste better, but I assumed they didn’t make substitutions on bread so decided to just go with it.

The lamb with peppers was ok. Dry because of too much bread, but it was flavorful. I know it would’ve tasted better on a baguette, man.

Even too much bread couldn’t kill the taste of the awesome winter salami. The spicy sweetness was peppery and just delicious. Much better than the lamb, and after peeling off the top slice of bread, perfect. The parking is iffy and there isn’t much room inside for dining in, but the people were nice and the salami is outstanding. I still want to try that meatball and the porchetta, and most definitely the hot sopressata, so we’ll be back. If I can remember how to find it.

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