Just got back from a lunch run down to Salumeria Biellese on the corner of 29th and Eighth. I know its been mentioned in passing in many threads, but figured Id post to give a heads up to anyone not yet familiar with it. Been going there for many years and its become my top source for specialty sausages. Looks like just another lunch counter when you enter, but if you look closely youll realize that youre in pig heaven. Homesmoked salamis and hams (good prosciutto) and an everchanging variety of freshly made sausages, which they make daily for many high-end restaurants in town. Today I got pork with red wine, chicken with apricot, and chicken with sundried tomatoes and basil. Also, a half pound of some of the best salami youll find anywhere (those glistening hunks of fat are what make it so tasty) stuffll kill you but youll die happy. And a pork and apple sausage hero to go.
I dont bother calling first since Ive always been thrilled with all of their sausages, but if you call theyll tell you what sausages theyve made fresh and still have for sale. You might luck out with the wild boar and port, or turkey with cranberries, or the thai basil pork with lemongrass. Better than whipping out the Kitchen Aid attachment and wrestling with the casing.
Anyone know any other great pig spots? Now that Dannys Pork Store on 187th near Arthur Ave. is gone, theres a void in my heart waiting to be filled. Im already a fan of Faiccos in the Village, Pasquale & Antoinettes in Williamsburg, the Pork Store on Court St. in Carroll Gardens, Espositos on Ninth Ave. and the Corona Heights Pork Store. I know there must be another pig mecca out there waiting for me