Salami: A Sandwich Staple Goes Highbrow

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To cater to New Yorks continuing obsession with niche foods, the city welcomed two new salami stores this month. The salami you know and love on your sandwich is but one type of what Murrays Real Salami (from the Murray who brought you the cheese) calls cooked and cured meats. The salami universe includes whole cooked meats, encased cooked meats, whole cured meats, encased cured meats, and even pt. Cesare Casellas new meat shop, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, serves panini and cooked dishes, but theres also a large selection of retail specialty imported meats. You may be more familiar with Casellas prosciutto and soppressata over Murrays black-truffle salami or fennel sausage, but any charcuterie lover will be taken with all of them. Photographer Melissa Hom visited both stores recently and came back with a slideshow fit for a carnivore.