Wow! Truly artisan crafted meats here. If the service feels hurried and a bit rude, get used to it: they are busy as heck, and have a great product that EVERYONE wants! So wait in line, dream of being in New York when you order your sandwich or meats, and enjoy the experience.
I didn't expect such rude service. When I was told the sandwich I waited in line 30 minutes for was unavailable, The girls didn't offer any suggestions. I let a few people go ahead of me as i read the menu. I then asked for a different sandwich in which I was told again not available as the girl in the middle rolled her eyes. When I finally got my sandwich the meat to bread raito was 25-1 litterally.
This place is all hype and bad service. Overpriced and stingy on the meat. I don't recommend it. I get better service at Subway.
Absolutely the best sandwich I ever had. I tried the hot pork cheek sandwich (with onions) which as like an explosion of flavors in my mouth. It had just the right amount of rosemary and pork fat with tender meat falling apart, snuggled on fresh crusty baguette style bread to make this a heaven gourmet sandwich. $8.50 for a sandwich was well worth it! It's a huge sandwich that can be split between two people.
All their breads are very fresh. On cold sandwiches they put this garlic and parsley spread on your bread that kind of tastes like a high class garlic bread and is a great accompaniment to the salty sandwich meats you choose.
Try their cheese. This is truly gourmet artisan. Mmm.... creamy, full body texture that cannot be reproduced in those over the counter cheap deli shops.
Salumi makes all their own products including one of the most impressive lamb prosciutto I have ever tasted. (Made from lamb from the San Juan Islands, try the lamb prosciutto sandwich!) Their meats including their famous Salumi Salami are cured such that it is not overly salty, yet the natural flavors are still retained. I told them I was out of town and the good looking hostess was kind enough to give my friend and I a sample plate of 4 variety of their house cured meats. She gave us a sample of the Mole, Hot Sopressata, Oregano and of course the Salumi Salami. Each type of meat had their own unique herbs and spices, complex flavors and characteristics.
If you think this is just the same old salami, think again! Salumi stuck out because of how well their salami was aged and prepared. The meats used had just the right amount of fat making it not oily or greasy in taste. The meat was tight and well aged. Salt was subtle so you can truly taste the flavors of the meat and seasonings inside each slice of meat. This is a very complex piece of deli meat.
This is authentic Italian as it gets. Salumi opens 5 days a week from 11am til 4pm so get there early! It kind of reminds me of the soup nazi on Seinfield but with very friendly west coast staffs. Okay, now the only thing I didn't like was that the restaurant is very small and the layout is not very well designed as the front door and where you line up only fits 1 person. It felt like a line of ants.
Overall rating 10 out of 10 in my opinion. Curing their own meats, traditional Italian cooking, knowing exactly where to reinvent / refine their food to make it the best sandwich I ever had. It is slightly expensive food but it is worth every penny you pay for since you probably can't find it anywhere else. Words can't describe it. TRY IT!
A small, rather crowded shop offering a selection of Italian sandwiches, soups, gnocchi, etc. that is always varied and always good. Can get rather crowded at lunch, since there are only a couple of small tables and one larger common table, but the food is worth standing in line.