Just about everyone knows Mario Batali. The orange Croc wearing chef and restaurateur has been in the limelight for years creating delicious Italian food. Mario’s great, but when it comes the the historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle, Armandino, Mario’s dad, is king. Why, one may ask? Because of his Seattle storefront and production facility, Salumi Artisan Cured Meats. This culinary destination has been visited on countless travel shows as a can’t miss experience and for good reason. It has it all. Long lines are to be expected even before the doors open. Tight quarters with the smell of cured and cooked meats filling every crevasse. Friendly enough staff, though rightfully efficient. And most importantly, incredible food.
The Plate of Salumi Cooked Meats (tough to go wrong with a name like that) comes filled to the brim with hot sopresatta, coppa, grilled lamb, porchetta, and pork meatballs simmered in tomato sauce. The grilled lamb sandwich is a menu item not to be missed. The diner has the choice, but this should come topped with gorgonzola, simmered onions, and a roasted red pepper.
Be sure to grab a few of the local favorites on your way out: Finnochiona salami, Mole salami, and Guanciale. Yes, you’re going to want this much meat.