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Posted September 5th 2011, 9:07am
I had seen them at the Tower Grove Farmer's market, but had missed the point. Luckily, Rene G alerted me to this ultra-high quality maker of cured meats. Today I spoke very briefly with their founder and chief salsiciere, Mark Sanfilippo, at the farmer's market. (Salume Beddu also has a shop and cafe here in St. Louis, not far from the main commercial area of The Hill, traditionally the center of all things Italian in St. Louis.) Apparently, the first prosciutto they have produced is just out. It is from acorn-fed pigs (I did not catch the breed, but the bacon is from Berkshire pigs.) The response has been terrific and I am told that it won't last. As soon has Sanfilippo tweeted, he says, people were rushing in and getting whole pounds of the stuff. Get it now if you can get there.

I hope to post more in a few weeks.

Oh, one more thing: Their t-shirt features the slogan, "Praise the Lard" !!
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Posted September 5th 2011, 9:48am
HI,

Courtesy of Crazy C, I have a 'Praise the Lard" t-shirt. Of all the silly shirts I own, it is the only one that generates an offended response from time-to-time.

Regards,
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Posted September 5th 2011, 11:37am
Cathy2 wrote:HI,

Courtesy of Crazy C, I have a 'Praise the Lard" t-shirt. Of all the silly shirts I own, it is the only one that generates an offended response from time-to-time.

Regards,

I can understand that response, but a former clergyman of my acquaintance laughed out loud at the sight of this shirt. At least there was no Bible citation below the slogan.
And, darn it, I just got beat out of the cool Christmas gift I would have had for you, Cathy!
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Posted September 6th 2011, 2:37pm
I have had a number of things from Salume Beddu, as my wife's parents and siblings and their families all live in St. Louis. For my birthday, my sister-in-law and her husband got me some Soppressa da Veneto, pancetta, and finochionna (on the third try, as they had purchased two other assortments and eaten them prior to getting together with us), and everything was very good to excellent. I have also had the bacon and soppressata, both of which were very good as well. Not cheap, but there is artisan quality and care here, and the starting materials are top-notch. Definitely worth a trip out of your way for if you are in or around St. Louis.
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Posted June 29th 2012, 10:54pm
I finally made it down to Salumi Beddu's main store for lunch recently. They have a nice salumi plate with house mostarda and cheeses and bread. I love the Calabrese and the finochionna. They also have a panino and usually a bean salad or something light. I was pleased that there was a steady stream of customers dropping in to pick lunch up. There is a small (read: nicely edited) selection of pastas and shelf-stable ingredients, in addition to the salumi. I was looking for some pancetta, but they were out of it. Small batches and highest quality can mean things run out. It might be a good idea to call and check that they have what you are pining for. This place is what local and artisanal are all about.

I also took the opportunity to talk with Mark Sanfilippo, the man behind the sausage. He mentioned that he is working on getting his products into some places in Chicago. I hope, for the sake of all my friends on the board, that he is successful. Here are a few pics:

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Salume Beddu Interior by Josephine2004, on Flickr

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Salumi Plate @ Salume Beddu by Josephine2004, on Flickr

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Salumi Plate ECU by Josephine2004, on Flickr

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Salume Beddu, Detail by Josephine2004, on Flickr
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Posted June 30th 2012, 12:58pm
"Praise the Lard"?? What's next, "Pass the Hamunition"??!

:twisted:

Geo
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Posted June 30th 2012, 4:10pm
Geo wrote:"Praise the Lard"?? What's next, "Pass the Hamunition"??!

:twisted:

Geo

Please don't suggest that, Geo. Missouri is a concealed carry state, and clearly, we have a way to go toward reducing handgun violence. It's just awful walking into the gym and having to pass the sign that reminds members that they may not bring guns into the place. . . Reminds me of the NYC clinic where a colleague used to work that had a bin for weapons at the receptionist's desk. She claimed clients observed the rules, and dutifully picked up their heat on the way out. Yikes! I'll be arming myself with a salami and a smile.
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Posted January 20th 2013, 7:54pm
Mark Sanfilippo's shop was jammed the week before Christmas, but he geared up with extra staff and found time to chat about his cotechino. This year's batch was made from a Mangalitza hog. Mark explained that the slight lemony taste I detected in the sausage itself was and "old salumera's trick," that of adding coriander seed to mimic citrus. I could not wait to try it, and fortunately I didn't have to. The kitchen was serving up sandwiches of cotechino slices with perfect over easy egg, slivers of preserved lemon and pickle. A fellow sitting next to me at the communal table said he was visiting from NY, but was originally from a town near Milan that considers cotechino one of its own specialties. He was impressed. But I wouldn't have cared if he'd been cool to the cotechino. That sandwich was one of my top 10 tastes for 2012, no exaggeration!

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Cotechino Sammy @ Salume Beddu by Josephine2004, on Flickr
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#9
Posted January 21st 2013, 9:25pm
The Schnuck's in Columbia, MO sells some Salume Beddu products. I'm guessing the other Schnuck's in Missouri also do (?).
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Posted January 22nd 2013, 9:57am
Yes, there are some other outlets for Salume Beddu. My preferred ones are Local Harvest Grocery and Straub's. Not sure if they have the cotechino, as it is a seasonal specialty. There is a wider range of products available at the main store on Hampton in St. Louis, as that is where they make the sausages. I have seen Lardo, for instance. And I recall that the most up-to-date way to keep apprised of offerings is to follow the twitter feed. Apparently, all the prosciutto was sold out in a couple of hours to twitter users the last time they made it. (I need to get modern, apparently.)
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Posted November 3rd 2013, 1:12pm
A couple more great lunches at Salume Beddu lead me to fear that I am losing my discriminating palate and the ability to articulate my taste experiences. With a little help from Yelpers, I can point out that "EVERYTHING IS AMAZING," and "THE BEST [Fill-in-the-blank] I'VE EVER HAD." See for yourselves:

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Porchetta Salume Beddu by Josephine2004, on Flickr

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Pan Tomate Salume Beddu by Josephine2004, on Flickr

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Hot Dog @ Salume Beddu by Josephine2004, on Flickr
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Posted November 3rd 2013, 8:15pm
Josephine,

Tnx for the temptations! I'd like to visit there between Christmas and New Year's when we're visiting in Godfrey. Where do they get their fabulous-looking bread??

Geo
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Posted November 3rd 2013, 9:20pm
Geo wrote:Josephine,

Tnx for the temptations! I'd like to visit there between Christmas and New Year's when we're visiting in Godfrey. Where do they get their fabulous-looking bread??

Geo


I believe the bread comes from Fazio's. That is also the bakery that Olio uses.

If you are here at holiday time, be sure to pick up one of their cotechinos. Or better yet, PM me, and I will join you for a cotechino sandwich at the store. We can compare notes on Yunnan ham, and perhaps convince the salumera to make some.
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Posted November 3rd 2013, 10:09pm
Great idea Josephine! I'll keep that in mind!

Geo
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