Dining on homemade charcuterie and sipping fine wine while comfortably seated outside at a quaint neighborhood restaurant…sound good? If so the recently opened Salumeri Rosi Parmacotto on the swanky Upper West Side should be your new go to!
Salumeri Rosi offers many homemade and imported meat options but also has a wonderful selection of cheeses, pastas and other Italian small plates. It’s tucked just off of Amsterdam avenue and just far enough north to avoid the crush of tourists below 60th. You should definitely start with the selection of salami (see above) as this makes the ordering much easier and you get a small taste of everything. Follow that up with a few of their pastas; we had the goat cheese gnocchi with roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes and basil and the amatriciana which was a blend of nine meats, onions, Italian tomatoes and artisanal pasta; both were amazing.
They also had a pretty decent caprese salad, but you can’t really judge an Italian spot on that, unless it’s really bad.
Up next was the costina from the carni section; it was a slightly spicy “Tuscan” spare rib slow-cooked with Italian tomatoes, rosemary and garlic. This is the kind of food I live for; hands on, tender and full of umami…a few bites combined with the red wine and the crisp evening put me in a state of nirvana, if only for a minute or two!
At this point I was close to my fill of meat, but the slow cooked Berkshire pork belly looked pretty enticing so why not. On the menu it’s the Pancia and it’s served with Tuscan chickpeas, blanched greens, and has a crispy skin; the melty fat is amazingly sinful.
Keep in mind that all the dishes are small plates so you probably want 2-3 for each person for a full meal. Salumeri Rosi is definitely a welcome addition to the neighborhood and serves up some of the best salami in the city, so if this is the type of dining you’re looking for it’s definitely worth the cab/subway fare!