Salumeria Rosi has finally opened! While an expensive charcuterie and restaurant many not be the smartest thing to have opened right near the sex shop on Amsterdam Avenue (283 Amsterdam Avenue to be exact: 212-877-4800) it was fine by me: even in bad times I have a desperate need for cured pig products. And I was not dissapointed. The lovely wife waited in line, paid cash (this is temporary, but be aware) and bought a quarter pound of a lot of things. Below, a list and an opinion:
- Finnocchiona: A cured salami (salame). Kicks Genoa Salami's butt. Really tasty
- Porceta Piancenti: a rolled ham. Very mild tasting. Not my favorite, but good if you like a mild ham
- Speck. A cured "raw" style ham like Parma. $5 less a pound than their prosciutto di Parma, but a little less intense in flavor. For the extra $5, I'd go with their Parma
- Prosciutto di Parma: This one tasty somewhat more "cured" than ones I have had from other NYC food emporiums. It may be that it was fresh out of the the wrapper, but it was really good.
- Grilled Ham: For $15.00 a pound, this was one of the few non-events. It tasted liked any decent (and half the price) grilled ham. ZZZZZZZZZ.
- Cinghale: their boar sausage was good, but I still think boar sausage is something that people buy to say that they have eaten boar. Don't you all know it tastes like caribou?
- They also sell antipasti like caponata, of which we tried the caponata. Quite good, actually. Its he first time I think I have had caponata with rasins (yellow raisins no less) but it worked!