Salumi-lovers find Brooklyn a prime hunting ground for their favorite hams, sausages, and other cured meats. The borough's old Italian neighborhoods, while changing and in some cases contracting, remain a repository of traditional foods and foodways.
Frank & Sal in Bensonhurst is a Chowhound hangout, "the real deal and not overpriced," reports Sluggo1407. vvv03 says the slicers are aces—better than those at Eataly, the Italian food palace in Manhattan. And that's a critical edge, notes jen kalb, because slicing salumi very thin—far thinner than most of us can manage at home—enhances the flavor and also makes the meat go farther.
The old-school pork stores of Carroll Gardens are another rich source for salumi. Hounds love Esposito & Sons' soppressata ("spectacular," promises thegforceny) and its friendly service, too. The nearby Caputo's Fine Foods is a fine place for cheese and other Italian provisions; missmasala recommends Esposito for salumi and Caputo's for everything else.
Williamsburg's Italian quarter, though shrinking, is still full of great breads, cheeses, and meats. jfmirabella's regular stop is Emily's Pork Store: "Good prices and high quality for Italian standards." And in Dyker Heights, a once-ordinary C-Town market has morphed into La Bella Marketplace, an Italian-centric grocery that's the go-to spot for salumi for katieconspiracy's boyfriend's mom.
Beyond the Italian enclaves, Fairway offers meats of decent quality at attractive prices, though some find its slicers subpar. Bklyn Larder comes up with marvelous stuff—including, lately, prosciutto di Parma and finocchiona sausage that "just rock," jen declares. And don't forget Trader Joe's. jen recommends its first-rate German "prosciutto," a lightly smoked Bavarian product that, like most of TJ's cured-meat line, is solid and well priced. missmasala also stands by the salumi here. "It's conveniently presliced and packaged to last," she notes, "and once it's all prettily arranged on a plate, no one will know where it comes from."
Frank & Sal [Bensonhurst]
8008 18th Avenue (between 80th and 81st streets), Brooklyn
G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store [Carroll Gardens]
357 Court Street (between President and Union streets), Brooklyn
Caputo's Fine Foods [Carroll Gardens]
460 Court Street (between Third and Fourth places), Brooklyn
Emily's Pork Store [Williamsburg]
426 Graham Avenue (between Withers and Frost streets), Brooklyn
La Bella Marketplace [Dyker Heights]
7907 13th Avenue (at 79th Street), Brooklyn
Fairway Market [Red Hook]
480 Van Brunt Street (at Reed Street), Brooklyn
Bklyn Larder [Park Slope]
228 Flatbush Avenue (between Bergen Street and Sixth Avenue), Brooklyn
Trader Joe's [Cobble Hill]
130 Court Street (at Atlantic Avenue), Brooklyn