What Is a Salumeria?

A Salumeria is defined as a cured meat shop or Italian deli. Salumeria features many different kinds of cured Italian meats such as sausage, salami, prosciutto, honey ham, and many other cold cuts. To cure meat means taking action to preserve the meat and add more flavor to it by adding salt. Salt adds flavor and preserves the meat by drawing out its moisture.

History of a Salumeria

Salumeria’s originated in Italy during the Middle Ages. When Salumeria’s first became a thing they did not produce their own meats, they would select meats and other products from purveyors. Back in the Middle Ages purveyors worked in a guild system to produce these products. The guild system was eventually shut down during the turn of the 19th century.  

What’s Served in a Salumeria? 

Genoa Salami

Genoa salami is a type of salami made originally in Genoa, Italy. Genoa salami is made out of pork, wine, garlic, salt, and black & white peppercorns. Genoa salami tends to be on the greasier side and has a fermented taste.  


Sopressata is a dry Italian salami that is finely ground. Sopressata gets its flatness from the drying process which consists of putting a heavyweight on top of the salami. Sopressata is a great addition to sandwiches or antipasto boards. It is usually mixed with red pepper flakes which give it a little bit of a kick.


Prosciutto is a very popular Italian ham. It is a fatty cut of meat that has a buttery texture and is thinly sliced. Prosciutto is made from the hind leg or thigh of a pig. 

Vegetarian Options at Bricco Salumeria

Eggplant Parm

Eggplant parm is a delicious vegetarian option for when you visit Bricco Salumeria. This sandwich consists of eggplant, sauce, provolone, and romano. 

Panino Lady

Our Panino Lady sandwich consists of fresh homemade mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil. It is a classic yet tasty sandwich if you’re looking for a vegetarian option. 


Next time you’re in Boston’s North End and looking for a delicious Salumeria, visit Bricco Salumeria! Our meats and sandwiches are made fresh and will definitely not disappoint your taste buds.