One of the main countries that produce salami is Italy. And while I have been to Italy before for their rich culture and history, this last trip was more about their delicious food. Especially with salami you can definitely taste the difference between old authentic salami made from the best quality of ingredients and factory salami. Here the places where I had my most enjoyable salami eating moments.
1. Salsamenteria di Parma (Milan)
This place has everything. It looks authentic and you can select all different kind of salami. The menu will tell you which part of the pork you are eating and everything is served on a nice wooden plate. For people that aren’t able to eat inside you can also take salami away, they aren’t able to vacuum it in case you want to take it back your home country. Of course take away here is a bit more expensive than going to a butcher. Our, me and my girlfriend, personal recommendation is the Prosciutto di Parma 24 months.
2. Il Mercatela (Florence)
This is the market where I also bought the tartufo salami. Il Mercatela is at Piazza della Repubblica and is there every first Saturday of the month from 8 am till 8 pm (except January, July and August). There is a stand in the corner of the square with an older Italian guy who is selling salami. We tried here 3 different types of salami and in the mean time a lot of local Italian people visited his place as well to buy their salami. Just visit his stand, try some salami and take some back home!
3. Finocchiona (Florence)
Personal, I don’t really like this salami. It is soft in taste but also in texture, I prefer the harder salami. However if you ask people in Florence what is the best salami they will tell you it is this one. At the market stand at Piazza della Repubblica a lot of Italian people bought this type of salami. Also a waiter in the restaurant brought us this type of salami when we asked him about his favourite salami. He spoke full with passion that there is no better salami than the Finocchiona, better known as the salame di Firenze.
4. Tartufo Salami (Florence)
Tartufo salami with truffles, my girlfriend loves it and we brought a package back and I still need to try it, so unfortunately I am unable to describe the taste. We bought this salami from a wonderful lady who had a stand at Piazza della Repubblica.
5. Macelleria Faravelli (Milan)
The best butcher in Milan according to the waiter in a local restaurant. Located 10 minutes walk from Duomo di Milano it is a perfect place to visit this local butcher and order some salami. According to the waiter is this butcher slightly more expensive than other butchers but then you are sure you will have the best salami in town. We ordered salame di Milano and 4 random salami chosen by the butchers. Unfortunately we finished everything within a week after we came back from Italy.