Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants, Travel

Armandino Batali in the Curing Room

I made it a point to hit Salumi while in Seattle for two reasons. The first, because it is owned by the father of famous TV chef Mario Batali. Armandino Batali is a very hospitable host. Second, because he cures his own authentic Italian meats and sausages.

Salumi is a tiny restaurant open for lunch only. Lines often form into the street by noon. You walk in the narrow front corridor to order your meal at the counter. There are only a few tables with serve yourself wine bottles. Be prepared to eat with strangers as the seating is family style and first come, first served.

Toni ordered the prosciutto, fig confit and goat cheese sandwich. They make their sandwiches to order on freshly baked bread. Erin had the meatball sandwich. I ordered a cappo, a spicy Italian cured meat, sandwich. Everything was delicious. The meatball sandwich was very tasty; the best I've had. While eating, Armandino came by to check on us. I asked if he would allow me to take a picture. He said sure and that he would take us to view the curing room in the back. He was so kind and patient to let me get his picture during his busy lunch period. I highly recommend Salumi. Get there when it opens to avoid the lines.

309 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-8772

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