Salami in the USA: an experience not to repeat !

The company Olioandolive.com sells, from Dallas, imported salami products, as well as some made in the USA. Many of these products are presented as Italian salami. The American manufacturers of salami obtained, through lobbying of the Congress, the right to name Italian salami the products they make in America.

This is the history of my dealings with olioandolive.com:

I ordered Salame Felino for my American grandchildren, who live in Atlanta because I wanted them to taste one of the best Italian salami. I was not there when they received the delivery, therefore I couldn’t judge what they got, I just relied on the name of the salami, and the reputation of the seller, who for years sold Italian salami in the USA. My grandkids enjoyed it, but they are American, they don’t know what the real stuff should be!

Order date: 06/22/2019
Order#: 14815
Shipping to: Greta Massetti

Items Ordered: Price: Status:
 1 of : Italian Salame Felino (Approx. 1.1lb) $26.90 Shipped
Product Subtotal: $26.90
Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $16.65
Grand Total: $43.55

Based on their comments I then bought for myself Prosciutto Cotto, Salame Felino, and bresaola.

Order date: 09/09/2019
Order#: 15207
Shipping to: Enrico Massetti

Items Ordered: Price: Status:
 1 of : Italian Salame Felino (Approx. 1.1lb) $26.90 Shipped
 1 of : Italian Sliced Bresaola (Approx. 0.25lb) $13.50 Shipped
 1 of : Italian Sliced Cooked Ham – Prosciutto Cotto (Approx. 0.45lb) $9.20 Shipped
Product Subtotal: $49.60
Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $21.95
Grand Total:
$71.55

When I received the products, on September 13, 2019, I was very happy, and I immediately posted my feelings on Facebook:

Italian alami received in the USA
The salami I received

Questo pacco mi è stato consegnato del mio salumiere qui negli USA, via posta celere in due giorni (pacco refrigerato) da Dallas, Texas. Loro consegnano in tutti gli Stati Uniti. (This package was delivered to me by my grocer here in the USA, by express mail in two days (refrigerated package) from Dallas, Texas. They deliver throughout the United States.)

La bresaola ed il prosciutto cotto sono originali Italiani, MA il salame felino è “made in USA”. Buono, ma non è la stessa cosa. (Bresaola and cooked ham are original Italian, but feline salami is “made in the USA”. Good, but it’s not the same thing.)

I received many reactions from my Italian friends, all of them extremely negative. They ranged from a critique of how the Prosciutto Cotto appeared to the fact that Salame di Felino is only made in the town of Felino. I was cornered by their comments and critiques and had to explain what is the situation with Salami in the USA.

The Salame di Felino

The Salame Felino was made in San Francisco. The Italian Salame Felino obtained IGP protection in Europe. This IGP Indicazione Geografica Protetta – Protected Geographic Indication acronym identifies a product originating from a region or a country, and whose quality, reputation, recipe, and characteristics traced back to its geographical origin, and of which at least one production and/or processing phase must take place in the designated zone of production.

This protection may not be legally applicable in the USA, but it is at least ridiculous to call Salame Felino something made in San Francisco as there is no neighborhood there called Felino.

Is this a subtle legal game played by the American producers to fool their American consumers using the name of a famous Italian product to sell something that has little to spare with it?

Salame di Felino



© olioandolive.com

Salame Felino is a pure pork salame from Felino, a small town located in the proximity of Parma, where the famous prosciutto di parma is made. The word salame comes from the Latin root for salt, or “als”, which later became “sal”. This special aged sausage has been produced for centuries and it is the product of the best pork meat and the particular microclimate of the area of production, allowing it to be aged naturally.
The fresh meat used to make the felino salame is carefully selected from deboned shoulder and belly that is ground with lean and fat cuts of ham. The meat is mixed with salt, spices and natural aromas. The salame should contain 25-30% fat and hard fat is preferred.
After the meat is coarsely ground, salt, whole peppercorns and white wine are added. The salame is then stuffed by hand into a pork casing, which gives it its characteristic uneven width. It is then aged slowly and the final product should be soft, with a sweet taste and delicate aroma.

Due to the length of the felino salame being unsuited to our shipping boxes, each one is cut into 2 pieces and vacuum-packed separately. This listing is for the purchase of ONE 1.1lb piece.

Origin: Usa

The result is not a lousy salami, but it is has nothing to do with the real stuff! While the real Felino is firm, the USA wannabe imitation is somehow tender, much larger, and has nothing to compare to the original.

Olioandolive.com writes: Salame Felino is a pure pork salame from Felino, a small town located in the proximity of Parma, where the famous prosciutto di Parma is made. They don’t specify on the same line that what they sell is the one made in San Francisco, only, at the end of the text, that the country of origin is the USA. Slightly misleading!

The Prosciutto Cotto

When I was a kid living in Italy, I spent my summer vacations with my nonna (grandmother) in a small village in the Alps near Milan. She was always running after me in the fields where I was playing to give me, as a snack, a panino col prosciutto Cotto.

In Italy, a 2005 law identifies three quality levels for the Prosciutto Cotto: “cooked ham”, “selected cooked ham” and “high-quality cooked ham”. The one I received from Dallas was only marked with the country of origin Italy. It was of the lowest possible level. Nothing that my Italian nonna would ever have given me.

Bresaola

The bresaola had Country of origin USA. Olioandolive.com website says: Originating from the Valtellina Valley region of northern Italy, bresaola is most typically made from lean cuts of beef such as the eye of round.

Again, a bit misleading. The beef used to make this bresaola was probably from Uruguay. I have nothing against the bresaola made in the USA, but I know, and use, other suppliers who provide more acceptable products. This one was too pungent, very far from the original from Valtellina.

In summary:

I will never again order anything from this Company, and I strongly recommend you to find a different one for your Salami purchases in the USA!

Finally, I have been able to taste the original Salame di Felino!

Veroni USA imports in the USA real “made in Italy” salami.
I bought Salami Felino Veroni DOP from Almagourmet.com. I have been very happy, finally, it was the real stuff I had been searching for for a long time! Outstanding!