Salumi Artisan Cured Meats – Seattle

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

As the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” In the case of Seattle’s beloved Salumi, the proverbial tree is Armandino Batali and the apple is Mario Batali. After feasting at a slew of the younger Batali’s restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles [Babbo, Otto, Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza], I was confident that his father’s temple of charcuterie would rank just as high.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

A queue fifteen deep snaked outside the small store when The Astronomer and I arrived at Pioneer Square. It was our final stop before boarding a flight home to Los Angeles, so we were a bit nervous about getting through the crowd.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

While waiting for our turn, I noticed a woman making pasta through the window. We fortuitously came to Salumi on a Tuesday, when handmade gnocchi appears on the bill of fare. Nothing whets the appetite like the sight of freshly made pasta.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

Armandino Batali opened Salumi after retiring from a career at Boeing as a process-control engineer. His products are a blend of old and modern. Cotto, lardo, and guanciale are on hand to satisfy traditionalists, while unusual flavors like curry and mole are available for those seeking innovation. The Astronomer and I had a difficult time deciding which route to take, so the patient women working behind the counter offered samples of each flavor. Sorry for holding up the line, folks!

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

Since there are only a handful of seats available inside the store, most customers take their sandwiches and pastas to go. Luckily, two chairs opened up right as we finished placing our orders. The first dish to arrive was the vegetable of the day, new potatoes with peas, mint, and watercress ($6.50). The ingredients were very fresh and simply prepared. There was little to dislike about this straightforward and hearty plate.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

The highly-anticipated fresh gnocchi ($9) arrived next. Dunked in boiling water for a hot minute and sauteed with browned butter and sage, the ridged dumplings were light and lovely. I’d line up every week for a hit of gnocchi if I were a Seattleite.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

The boxed penne ($9) didn’t have the cache of the gnocchi, but the lamb ragu atop it made up for any shortcomings. The flavor of the tomatoes was bright and tangy, while the lamb was tender and plentiful.

SALUMI ARTISAN CURED MEATS

We packed up the bulk of our warm and toasty hot sopressata sandwich with fontina cheese  for the road. While our plane mates were munching on stale peanuts, we dug into this monstrosity. Spiced with cayenne and garlic, the thinly sliced sopressata flavored the entire sandwich. The olive bread was plushy and fragrant.

Since this post started off with a saying, I’d like to end with another. Anais Nin once  famously said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” Thank goodness for blogging, because it’s been fabulous reliving every meal from my trip to The Emerald City. Damn, I ate well!

Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
309 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-223-0817

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19 Responses to “Salumi Artisan Cured Meats – Seattle”


  • Yes! Yes! Yes! This place rocks! When you get back home, Mozza2go selld the Salumi and has some of the same sandwiches on the menu. mmmmm pork…

  • oh good you did go! i was beginning to worry.

  • Definitely a destination of mine the next time we’re in Seattle. You covered it perfectly! A friend of mine brought back various varieties of salumi from here and it was mouth-watering good.

    Well done, again. :-)

  • wow, those fresh made gnocchi have mesmerized me for the day… a fine end to your gustatory adventures up north!

  • I’ve had the pleasure of trying the salumi, through mail-order. But am so longing to go to the actual store, especially after seeing your photos of that gnocchi! ;)

  • Damn you did eat well! Now I’m hungry for pasta!

  • And damn was it great to read about all of it… :)

  • yeah you sure did eat well. the gnocchi looks so good!

  • mmm that gnocchi looks delicious!

  • I am now thoroughly convinced that a trip to Seattle is necessary…

  • I love reliving meals through pictures and blogs! mmmmm the gnocchi looks amazing… i bet your plane mates were super jealous!

  • Wow, everything here looks absolutely fantastic. I’m practically drooling!

    Cathy, you have singlehandedly helped me plan what I’m eating when I venture to WA next.

  • Salumi is one of the places I want to drop by someday. Love your food photography by the way.

    Just curious, when you photograph staff, do you ask for permission first? I’ve always been hesitant and knowing Chef Grant Achatz despises it, I’m a bit torn. I’ve resorted to blurring out faces or taking photos of hands, the back of heads, etc. What’s your take?

  • Hey there! I cannot stop staring at that sandwich. Damn. Or the gnocchi. I really have to get to Seattle.

  • Jocelyn - I do not ask permission to photograph unless it’s a small place where it would be awkward to just start snapping away. I’ve been taking food and restaurant photos for almost four years, so it’s almost second nature. In regards to you own picture taking, my advice is to be confident and swift ;-)

  • If you think the sandwiches at Salumi’s is good, you have GOT to try Paseo’s at Fremont. It’s practically legendary here in Seattle.

  • I will be stopping in there on my way to the train station in June for my stepmom’s graduation. EXCELLENT.

    I love the mole one. And I love the place. Love most everything about it. Except the lasagna I had once was cold. But, they warmed it RIGHT up.

  • Ooh, didn’t realize he hailed from Seattle :P I haven’t done my research!
    The line looks pretty bad, but seems to be worth it. One day, Seattle ..

  • ohhhhhhhh, if you tried all of them, i hope you tried the mole. that was one of my last meals before i moved to VN from seattle…..

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