This seems to be one of "must try" places recommended to visitors, and I wanted to start a thread to really help people make the decision. If people respond with their yeas and nays, I'll try to compile them at the end so that visitors to Seattle can get a sense of what chowhounds feel about the place. Of course, the more detail you give about your experience, the better.
Before I turn this thread loose, I wanted to share my recent experience with Salumi.
We got there quarter to 11:00 and waited forty-five minutes to order our food. Was it worth the wait? Th short answer, imo, is no. That's not to say the food was bad. It wasn't. I liked the porchetta(sp?), particularly the seasoning/herbs. The bread was not too thick for this sandwich, especially since there were chunks of meet, which lead to a nice ratio of meat-to-bread. (Some sandwiches I saw didn't have this good ratio, however.)
We also ordered the salumi platter (cold), which came with a variety of salami. It was good, but not something you *must* try. However, I must say that I'm not a big salami/cured meats type of person. So maybe people who love cured meats just appreciate this more. (Let's here from you if this is true.)
Oh yeah we also got the green beans with pesto. The pesto was a bit too mild (although a friend disagreed). This was enjoyable, but, again, not something I'd say you have to go out of your way to try.
One last thing. I've read some comments about the uppity service. On the day we went, everyone that was very polite and friendly. I had no complaints about that.
The final verdict? Well, we only got a few items, and there were other things I wanted to try. Maybe I just didn't get the item that would have blown me away. But just based on this one experience, I wouldn't say it's a "must try." On the other hand, if you're a cured meats fan, that may be a different story.
I can't say that you shouldn't go to this place, but, at this point, I don't think it's a must try, either. If I had to choose one, I'd say, "nay."
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104