Last year, I visited Salumi for the first time. For those who unfamiliar with Salumi, it's run by Mario Batali's father, Armandino Batali. Famous for their cured meats, sandwiches and gnocchi made every Friday by his older sister Izzy. I tried 2 of their sandwiches. Both were not very impressive, especially since they were almost $10.00 each. Why? Well, when I was in line, I noticed 2 Rubbermaid storage containers full with pre-made sandwiches in the cooler (refer to the picture). When I ordered my 2 sandwiches, I witnessed them being retrieved from those same storage containers. They were sliced in half and wrapped up for me to go. When I opened the packages up, it revealed very little filling squished between ciabatta buns. The chewy and cold sandwiches tasted alright; but Viv and I really didn't feel they were worth $10.00 each. Furthermore, why would I need to go to a place like Salumi if I wanted pre-packaged sandwiches?
Now with my post came passionate, sometimes rude attacks which ranged from dismay to downright unsubstantiated remarks. Now, I have no problem if someone points out that I was wrong about something. For example, I incorrectly identified the schnitzel at Old Bavaria Haus as veal when it was pork. Fine, my bad, I stand corrected. That is a factual error. Now, when people say that I was wrong or I am on drugs to say I personally didn't like Salumi... then some people have truly mistakened opinion over facts. There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal preference. Plain and simple. Just like someone can like a restaurant that I do not like. It's a free world, people can like whatever they want. So I was a bit taken aback when people would just not quit in saying that I was wrong. In fact, one person even implied I was lying since he has never seen pre-made sandwiches for all the times he's went to Salumi. Uh... I have a picture to prove it. Therefore, I really don't understand where some people get their facts. I always report what I personally experience. Some suggested I tried the wrong sandwich, especially since I did not try their signature Porcetta sandwich. Okay, that's fair enough. I was more than game to try it once I made it down to Seattle again. Of course that was not good enough for some, and they continued to exert little jabs whenever they could in the comments section.
Okay, enough of my ranting. So, to fairly assess Salumi, I lined up for a second time in the cold to get at some sandwiches. One thing I immediately noticed was the absence of the Rubbermaid tubs. Second, when I ordered a Porcetta and a Tongue Sandwich, the cold tongue sandwich was made freshly in front of me. When I finally got at Porcetta, I gotta admit, it is one darn fine sandwich. Tender, fatty pork laced with fennel topped with onions, green peppers and fresh mozzarella on herbed olive oil brushed bread danced around in my mouth. Now that is worth the money! The only thing I'd change about this sandwich is the bread. I realize it has to be firm to hold up to the moisture from the pork; but it is a bit too chewy. Every bite only helped destroy the sandwich further. Now, for the tongue sandwich. As you know, I love tongue! The sandwich consisted of ciabatta brushed with herbed olive oil with the same peppers and onions along with thinly sliced tongue. Everything tasted alright; however, I though the tongue was way too salty and took away from everything else. Also, once again, the ciabatta was too hard for my liking. Don't get me wrong, just like the last time, I didn't hate the tongue sandwich. In fact, it was pretty good. But it was not that good and certainly a bit expensive.
So my final thoughts about Salumi this time around? Yes, the Porcetta is one fine sandwich. I totally agree with everyone who has said so. Worth every penny. As for the other 3 sandwiches, they were good; but not outstanding. I would say that the tongue sandwich was better than the Muffo and Prosciutto, Figs & Goat's Cheese that I had last time. If I were to base my thoughts on this visit alone, I would not hesitate to press "I like it" on Urbanspoon. However, based on both visits, I would still categorized my feelings as "indifferent".
- Awesome Porcetta sandwich
- Naturally, they're famous for their cured meats
- Quality ingredients
- I personally don't like their bread choices
- Other than their Porcetta, there is not a lot of meat