Eat the Best Meatball Sandwich at Salumi in Seattle

Typically, I do all the travel planning for Peter and my adventures. He just trusts my judgment and rarely has any requests. Perfect. But, there was one minor asking in Washington. He absolutely wanted to have lunch at celebrity chef, Mario Batali’s father’s deli, Salumi in Seattle. Of course I indulged him But, I also indluged myself in one of the best sandwiches…ever.

TSalumi in Seattle is a tiny hot spot that draws inspiration from an Italian Salumeria, producing the highest quality in charcuterie, cured meats and foods.

Located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district, you can easily find it by following the meaty smells or the line that flows outside the door at noontime. A special board out front advertises the delicacies for the day. Today, there was an intriguing Chambotta soup, which means garbage in Italian.
Salumi in Seattle Specials at Salumi in Seattle

The menu is short and each item features the handmade meats that they are known for.
Menu at Salumi in Seattle

Salumi in Seattle was a retirement dream for Armandino Batali and from the, seemingly endless, line he will not be resting anytime soon. We were warned to arrive early, but still had ten hungry folks ahead of us. At least there was hanging meat to look at while we waited.
Line at Salumi in Seattle Charcuterie at Salumi in Seattle

This place runs like a well-oiled machine, the busy employees are preparing your order as you wait in line. And they are quick.

Peter ordered the Muffo, short for Muffaletta, which is made early in the day so that the olive tapenade had a chance to soak into the Ciabbata bread. After, add two different salamis and some cheese. Simple goodness.
Muffaletta at Salumi in Seattle

But, I was the winner with the porky meatball sandwich.

These are not your typical meatballs, they had chunks of tender, shredded pork throughout. Smother them with marinara, add green peppers, melt provolone and this is a meatball sandwich that will invade your dreams.
Meatball Sandwich at Salumi in Seattle

There are only about five tables in the joint and we chose the only vacant seats at the otherwise crammed communal. Eating elbow to elbow with your neighbor only added to the experience. We made friends in the time it takes to inhale our lunch.
Communal Table at Salumi in Seattle Annette White at Salumi in Seattle

Before departing, I noticed a bookshelf behind our table and had to know what was in the Batali’s cookbook repetoire. Mostly, I just was hoping that one of them would give me the secret to those meatballs. Nope.
Cookbooks at Salumi in Seattle

One thing is for sure, cooking good food runs in the Batali family.

Have you been to Salumi in Seattle? What’s the best sandwich you ever had?

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2017-04-28T16:46:27+00:00 March 19th, 2012|Categories: FOOD, North America, TRAVEL, Washington|Tags: , |


  1. John March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    The meatball sandwich looks incredible. I tried to go to this place on my last two visits to Seattle but once it was closed and the other time the line was just tooo long. Maybe on the next visit!

    • Annette White March 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Definitely go next time! And ship me some meatballs 😉

  2. dane March 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    that meatball sandi looks too good.  mean of you for putting such tasty things on here for us to drool over!!  haha

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