Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, the salumeria and sandwich shop from former Boeing employee Armandino Batali (and Mario’s dad) in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, is only open weekdays for a total of 20 hours. Basically, you’ll always find a line snaking out the door, but by all means persist, since they’re a well-oiled (or is it well-larded?) machine. During my #2daysinseattle, this was the first stop, along with fellow pork lover Jo Stougaard My Last Bite, her husband Peter and my girlfriend. We breezed through the efficient line in less than 20 minutes, scored seats at a communal table with blue and white checked cloth, and loaded said cloth with three sandwiches (on three different breads), along with a Super Sampler or salumi and antipasti. Still, my favorite bites were of the Porchetta ($9.85) Sandwich
Instead of the classic combo of crispy belly and juicy loin, Salumi’s porchetta showcased “pork loin stuffed with meatball mix and spices, braised for a long time.” They have three different breads, and we opted for Giuseppe Bread, airy bread with a a soft, sturdy crust, similar to ciabatta. There wasn’t anything crispy about either the shredded pork shoulder or bread, but the meat was plenty juicy, and arugula and the herbaceous, olive oil-based spread with garlicky bite were both complementary.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.