Armandino Batali, proprietor of Salumi (credit: Barry Wong/ Seattle Times)
I’m delighted that Greg Atkinson, the Seattle Times’ food critic has written a glowing piece on Armandino Batali’s Salumi, one of Seattle’s top lunch spots: Cured with Love: In the salumi of Armandino Batali, passion and reverence wed. Yes, I know that salumi (the food item, not the restaurant) are at the heart of Salumi. But you’d be overlooking a lot of great food if you only ate these meats. I always take home an entree and soup for dinner which are invariably good. I love each of their sauces (pork, lamb, marinara and oxtail) which come frozen for home use. They are rich, thick and full of flavor.
Atkinson in his story reveals the secret of the special invitation-only private dinners which Salumi offers periodically. When you look up at the big blackboard listing the last big dinner party, it seems like these meals are meant for large groups celebrating birthdays, etc. I had no idea the hoi polloi could join in as well. Now, I’ll have to try to get myself a spot at one of them (though Atkinson warns it can take as long as a year from when you first make your request).
I’ve written a longer review of Salumi in this blog.