Having been low on wine for at least a month, I made a long overdue trip to the Trader today. While there, of course, it’s impossible to just come out of the store with what you thought you were going in for. So here’s a tasty extra which goes pretty good with the wine.
I used to purchase Volpi salami at Trader Joe’s for two very good reasons. The first, Volpi salami is very very good. And the second was the price, which was somewhere around $2 or $3 dollars less than the same product in a supermarket.
I was a little disappointed not to find any Volpi salami on this visit. In its place was a similarly packaged salami with Trader Joe’s name on the package. The price was still right so I took the plunge. If Volpi doesn’t make this for the Trader (and I suspect they do), whoever does is equally talented. This is absolutely great salami.
The salami is “hard” and just full of wonderful flavor. Get your good knife out and slice it very thinly. That will allow you to savor it longer by allowing each thin slice to slowly fill your mouth with pleasure. It doesn’t take much of it to go a long way.
Pictured is Trader’s Chianti Artisan Salami, BelGioioso Asiago Cheese (also from Trader’s) and a glass of Trader’s 3 buck Chuck, better known as Charles Shaw Merlot (2008 California). Also pictured is the Oxo Good Grips cutting board and the old faithful chef’s knife.
A quick note. One of the things that’s missing from suburban living is the small neighborhood grocery store. If you’re ever in an urban Italian neighborhood and see a small Italian grocery store on the corner, stop and walk in. Chances are there will be salamis and cheeses hanging from hooks in the ceiling, a refrigerated case full of marinated olives, salads and cold cuts, shelves full of colorful cans of Italian tomatoes and other food products, and, if you’re lucky, freshly made Italian bread from a neighborhood bakery. The smells will be overwhelmingly wonderful. I hope these stores still exist someplace and you find one in your travels. Here’s one in Philly.
Price $3.99 ( 8 oz)
For a slightly different flavor, try TJ’s Pinot Grigio version of this salami, Trader Joe’s Pinot Grigio Artisan Salami.