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Located in the heart of Seattle's historic Pioneer Square district, Salumi Artisan Cured Meats brings to the Pacific Northwest a new concept based on some very old ideas. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Italian Salumeria, Salumi is an artisan's factory equipped to produce the highest quality gourmet cured meats. Our state-of-the-art curing facility has been custom-designed with space-age materials and processes to provide a level of artistic and process control unavailable to previous generations of Salumists.
But Salumi is more than a place where wonderful foods are created and sold. It's also a place dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the handmade food traditions of Italy and the Mediterranean.
Salumi is the retirement dream for our co-founder and Principal Salumist, Armandino Batali. His maternal grandfather, Angelo Merlino, opened the first Italian food import store in Seattle in 1903. In 1999, nearly a century later and only a block from that original site, Armandino opened Salumi to share generations of family cooking traditions with Seattle and beyond.
Armandino's 31-year career as a Process-Control Engineer at Boeing plus a lifetime in the kitchen and two years in the formal study of meat-curing and cooking make Armandino uniquely qualified to produce artisan products that also exceed stringent modern-day food processing requirements. With Marilyn Batali, wife and co-founder, Salumi has grown from a small neighborhood deli to a well-known stop on the Seattle culinary scene.
In 2002, Armandino and Marilyn's daughter, Gina Batali, and son-in-law Brian D'Amato joined the business and together they decided to expand the cured meats product line, enabling Salumi to comply with governmental agencies while maintaining the artisan curing process from the past. Salumi now sells to both wholesale and retail customers and the focus is on the restaurant chefs, delis and the individual salumi lover. Salumi's meats are available to walk-in customers as well as through salumicuredmeats.com.
In 2014 Armandino and Marilyn sold Salumi to their daughter Gina and her husband Brian, both of whom had been working in the business for many years. Gina and Brian continued the Batali tradition of fun, high quality food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. In 2017, Gina and Brian took on two new business partners, Martinique Grigg and Clara Veniard to help grow Salumi and serve more customers with our tasty and unique products.
While we are excited for our future growth, our high quality and superior taste will remain the same. You'll also still see Marilyn making gnocchi on Tuesdays and Armandino pops in regularly to make sure everything is still good. And if it isn't, he lets us know!