Mario Batali's dad Armando curates this incredible salumeria, which is more than a match, meat-wise for anything created by his famous son. By all means, eat a sandwich while you're there, but make sure to take a lot home to eat slice by slice.
Get here now. Armando Batali (father of Mario) offers up quality charcuterie and sandwiches to eat in or takeaway. Ask about their private luncheons.
Sure, there are lines. So what? No matter what you order when you get inside, it's going to be worth the wait. All-time faves include the meatball sandwich, the daily pasta, the incredibly satisfying soups and the hot meat plate with a little bit of everything. Help yourself to a glass of wine on the table and pay for it on the way out. During the holiday season, do not miss the rum cake!
Traditional house-cured meats, offbeat sandwiches and bargain prices make this unique shop a local favorite..
The pig sign hanging outside this Pioneer Square hot spot could have come from the Middle Ages--appropriate, as owner Armandino Batali cures meats and makes sausages the way Italians have been for centuries. Crowds of regulars make the communal dining table an entertaining experience, but there are a few smaller tables that offer slightly more privacy.
Sausages come in sandwiches on artisanal bread, or can be cooked at home. Meats include lamb and pork prosciutto; two kinds of copa, including rarely found pig cheek; Tuscan finnochiona and other salami. Sample them all by ordering a full plate of either hot or cold meats. In addition, Salumi prepares sensational sandwiches like porchetta, meatball and spicy oxtails. Try a Pinzamonio salad (seasonal raw vegetables), soup or a daily special such as frittata or pasta. A counter in the front window showcases various family members making gnocchi and biscotti.
More than a mouthful!. I first heard about Salumi on the Food Network. I was NOT disappointed when I had the chance to experience it for myself. The most difficult part about going is trying to wait until mid-afternoon to go down there, because once the idea is in my head, the anticipation starts to rise. After a moderate wait in line, which was great because I could not decide on a sandwich, I sat at the large table with my glass of wine and oregano salumi sandwich. I was greeted by Armandino and a few other guests, who were wonderful hosts. The ambience was wonderful, cozy and family oriented. The food was amazing! I'm going back today for the meatball sandwich, and the thought of having to wait another hour to make the trip is killing me!
what's not to like?. Yeah, it's busy. Yeah, it's out of the way. But it's worth it: the meats are unbelievably good. Some days it's super-busy, but the sandwich guys are entertaining and sometimes put out samples. Definitely a must-eat in Seattle.
Rudest Service In All Of Seattle.
Sure, they have great artisan meats here, perhaps the best in Seattle. But is it worth it to have to endure the rude treatment from the line staff?? But then again, is the meat overhyped? A prosciutto sandwich was thin, and filled with mostly not chewable gristle and fat. The grilled lamb hot sandwich was also thin with the meat (2 slices only) and rather dry, not to mention lacking the cheese I specifically ordered.
Somebody needs to tell these folks this is not New York or Philadephia. Shock and awe does not work on Seattle customers.
The best sandwich. Unbelievable salami sandwiches. Get there early because it gets packed.
Wonderful!. This restaurant is wonderful! The service is fast and the employees and owners are warm and friendly. Just this week I've had both the meatball and porchetta sandwiches and both were delicious.
The best sandwich shop EVER!. I know several of the reviews mentioned how the sandwiches are not cheap, however, I feel that the price is definitely worth it. I got the porchetta sandwich with fresh mozzarella, and it was absolutely delicious and LOADED with meat. It was unlike anything that I have ever had! I usually get there at exactly 11am, and even then people are waiting outside. Worth the money, worth the wait.
Worth the Wait! Near Pioneer Square. I came to Salumi because of the ratings I found on Citysearch, and despite the slightly long line I found at 2:00 on a Thursday afternoon, it was WELL WORTH THE WAIT! Excellent salami (many choices!) and other meats, sandwiches, and cheese. I didn't try the pasta or stuffed zucchini, but those looked great too. I loved sitting at the communal table and pouring myself wine from the big jug on the table. The owner himself was on the floor (I found out later it was him--at the time he just seemed like a very friendly busser). Everyone who worked there was gracious and helpful--we got a few samples from a guy when he saw we were overwhelmed with the salami choices. I recommend the salami/cheese/olive plate as an appetizer to go with anything you order. Meat Lovers will be in heaven, though veg-heads can also find yummy food here.
Great Food, not Cheap. Visited Seattle from October 4, 2004 through the 10th from San Diego. I stayed downtown and heard of this place. This should not be in the Cheap Eats category as it is about $8 or more for a sandwich. However, it is definitely worth it. I was flabbergasted to find so many Subway sandwich shops in Seattle when there are so many great places like Salumi in town. It's a really small place, but you can see all the meats and salami and it was wonderful. Take the Metro Bus Tunnel from downtown to get there. Downtown public transportation is free. Got the Muffo and Cotta sandwiches to take on our boat tour and everyone was salivating as we enjoyed our sandwiches. The staff is friendly and enjoy serving their customers. Salumi has left a favorable impression of Seattle for us.
Forget all the places purporting to serve Itl. food like linguni w/porcini mushroom sauce or pesto. Try out this unique eatery and eat down-to-earth italian regular people food. Armandino Batali is doing something NO ONE else is doing here. Serving up absolutely delicious lunches/sandwiches in what has to be the tiniest eatery in SEA. I love the oxtail sandwich, also the meatballs. Be prepared for indigestion. The food is not for dieters or people on lipitor...
No one mentions his varieties of salami, all made inhouse. They slice it up and I eat it in the luxury of my own spacious kitchen. Admittedly, my digs are not nearly as lively.
Worth the trip, not cheap, and you will wait. But it is worth a try!
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