During dinner at San Matteo Pizza last week (still great), owner Fabio Casella mentioned he's opening an Italian deli -- Il Salumaio -- a few doors down at 1731 Second Ave (89th/90th), 646-852-6876.
It opened today and the narrow space was packed -- along with approvingly-sampling Italians -- with high quality, well-priced antipasto items. Peering between craggy blocks of Parmigiano-Reggiano and ruddy piles of dry-cured sausages, I ordered some prosciutto di Parma, hand-knotted homemade bocconcini, and rosemary-marinated black plus bright green Castelvetrano olives, all of which were excellent. They also have some grocery items (including Kimbo coffee and the superior Nutella in glass jars imported from Italy) and a pretty extensive selection of cold and hot Italian sandwiches, plus prepared soups, pastas and salads.
Looks to be a very nice addition to the neighborhood!