My grandmother is a WW2 warbride transplant from Rome Italy. At least once a month she asks me to either pick up or take her down to Mona Lisas in Little Italy with the prime objective a scoring some Italian sausage (salami, morta, as well) for her sauce.
This sausage is incredible- period. It is skinny (I like it like that), has the quintessential pork sweetness, rich in anisette, and incredibly tender.
I dont know why I never thought to write about this before - but check it out. Pick up some fresh basil too and youre halfway there.