If my memory serves me correctly (which is sometimes iffy!) I believe the first meal Adam and I had in Seattle was at Salumi. We’d flown in for our househunting trip, got to our hotel, and as usual, were hungry. Fortunately, Salumi was not only on my list of places to try first, it also happened to be within walking distance from our hotel. Off we were!
As expected, there was a bit of a line when we got there. Not TOO terrible though. I think we waited about 20 minutes or so before we ordered. Then it was a mad scramble to try to find a place to sit at one of the community tables. Fortunately, we were able to squeeze in to the end of one.
The place isn’t big; basically it’s set up for takeout, with two large tables set up in the back for those who want to dine in. There’s also places to sit outside (not part of the restaurant) if the weather is nice. The workers are all friendly, and it has a family run feel to it, which makes sense, as that’s exactly what it is. Salumi was created by Armandino Batali, and is now run by his daughter and son in law. And yes, his other son is Mario, but no idea if he ever shows up here! All of the meats are made on premises, and are sold both wholesale and retail. Oh, and they make for great sandwiches, which is the reason we visited Salumi.
Here’s what we had:
Porchetta sandwich: pulled pork with peppers, onions, and carrots on a stout roll.
As expected, this was delicious. The meat was tender, flavorful, and plentiful! It was also surprisingly lean. One thing I worry about when ordering pulled pork is unappetizing amounts of fat. I mean, I get it; there’s supposed to be fat in there. But I’d like to not have a heart attack anytime soon!
Muffo: salami, provolone, and olive tapenade on a ciabatta roll.
Also delicious! The bread was fresh and chewy, and the tapenade was quite tasty. Oh, and the salami? I guess that’s what they’re known for, and for good reason!
I know we’ll definitely return here to try some different items, such as the meat plate, and maybe some of the soups or salads. Highly recommended, and an exciting start to our culinary adventures here in Seattle!
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104