After lunch on Friday, I stopped by Lombardis on the way out of town to pick up some Pedronis potato salad. Jennie Sheeks describes it better than I can in the link below. Its $5.99/lb. and a quart cost about $11. I had a vague idea that I could morph it into an appetizer for a dinner Id be attending.
For Saturdays dinner party, I dressed it up as a finger food appetizer by serving the potato salad cupped in tender butter lettuce leaves. Portioning about two or three heaping spoonfuls per leaf, a quart made a dozen servings. For a color and flavor punch, I cut half of an aged Columbus salame chub into 4 long sticks about 1/4x1/4 and tossed them on the platter and some on the lettuce cups.
When asked to identify my dish, I just said, potatoes. With the first bite, one said, this is potato salad, uh, make that very GOOD potato salad. All took note of the high quality and unique taste. When they clammered for the recipe, I had to confess that Id purchased it. Among the eight other Sonoma County residents around the table, only Mark B, a fellow chowhound was familiar with Pedronis. (g)
Btw, a newish branch of Lombardis Deli is located downtown on the pedestrian plaza that runs between Petaluma Blvd. and Kentucky. Its smaller and perhaps less atmospheric lacking the row of smokers cranking out barbecue at the original, but it does offer seating on the sunny plaza with one smoker for company. It also stocks the blessed potato salad.