Salumeria 104: Midtown's Candy Store For Meatheads

Categories: First Bites
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Lesley Elliott
Salumeria 104, Midtown's newest restaurant contender, is really a candy store for meatheads, offering a little taste of Italy courtesy of Chef Angelo Masarin. This native of Treviso has spent the last few years making the rounds of Miami's best Italian kitchens, including Casa Tua, Sardinia Enoteca and most recently, Cecconi's at the Soho Beach House. The focus here is salumi, which is what the Italians call charcuterie, and the range of cured meat on display will be heartwarming to any resident of this side of the bay (Epicure is just so pricey and far away, and Laurenzo's is just so very far away).

We told you it was coming, and now you can find all the usual suspects from salame studded with tiny circles of fatty goodness to both sweet (di Parma) and salty (San Daniele) prosciutto. Bresaola, mortadella, some seriously silky speck...the meat counter is overflowing. There are even a few more difficult to procure items on hand like guanciale and cotechino (an Italian sausage made from pork and fatback). They will serve it up on a board with some parmesan, pecorino or bufala, or make you a big, fat sandwich to go.

The menu offers a traditional array of Italian favorites, like the sage infused gnocchi romana ($13), fresh tagliatelle pasta with bolognese ($14), and a classic pork Milanese topped with a salad of watercress and diced tomatoes ($18). This is a tight line-up, the selections are limited to 7 pastas, 4 salads, 5 main courses and three sides. In fact, the menu is more strictly edited than the immense by comparison wine list, which is predominately Italian (with only a few French, Spanish and domestic bottles listed). It's an easy to order process for amateurs, grouped by price rather than region. The cheapest starts out at twenty bucks, exactly what an everyday Italian table wine should cost.There are 8 varieties of frizzanti (prosecco), more than the pastas.

And now, on to the food...

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Lesley Elliott
Proscuitto di Parma ($10) and San Daniele ($12), with gnoccho fritto (that's fried dough, $3).
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Porchetta, a brilliant Italian invention of roasted pork loin wrapped in a thick cut blanket of pork belly ($20).
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Risotto alla Milanese topped with bone marrow.
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Lesley Elliott
Chef Angelo Masarin discusses the menu, and explains the importance of a "neighborhood salumeria" in Italy.
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Location Info

Salumeria 104

3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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William Tubbs
William Tubbs

this is by far the closest thing to Italy you will find in Miami. I have lived in various parts of Italy and these guys are GREAT. Not "American-Italian" Huge plates with over salted processed garbage, but great portions so that you can enjoy the enjoy the Parma and Prosciutto before hand, then Pasta, then Meat, then desert. They have a Red (Chianti) for just $20 that is splendid.

Kikopicotico
Kikopicotico

I went today with my wife with high expectations. Ordered the spaghetti with bottarga. Complete disappointment. The amount of bottarga was minuscule. The dish was basically a olive oil sauce with plumb tomatoes and a sprinkling of bottarga. My wife ordered the lasagna wich was bland. The tiramisu was nothing to write home about. But here's the kicker: when I checked the bill there was a $2.00 line item for water. When I indicated to the waiter that we did not order bottled water he explained that the water served was processed water and therefore a $2.00 charge. I though he was kidding, but then realized that the owners were probably going with the full Italian effect by ripping off the client. Needless to say we will not return. P.SBy the way the tip is included in the bill.

Morg6686
Morg6686

Some tiny ass poritions IMO

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