Salumi e Formaggi
We at Pizza Republica are passionate about the art of Italian Salumi e Formaggi. These delicious meats and cheeses date back to medieval times and are a part of Italy’s ancient food heritage. Many of these Italian cheeses and meats have a PDO Classification, meaning Protection Designation of Origin. This is a status having historical origins with a heritage that dates back over 2,000 years. Hams, pig shoulders, and Pancetta became a monetary currency for commerce in the Middle Ages all over Italy. In the Renaissance era Salumi e Formaggi rose to an art form.
Salumi is a broad term encompassing all the artisanal meats Italy is globally known for. The word Salumi comes from the Italian word salume meaning salted meat derived from latin sal “salt”.
History states Salumi began over 2,400 years ago in the Roman-Etruscan period. The hind quarter of the pig was washed, rubbed with salt, hung in a cool dark cave and aged. This was the creation of Prosciutto and the birth of Salumi throughout Italy. Salami is an ancient tradition and refers to the cured meats made in sausage style. The meat is ground and often mixed with spices and fat, most commonly made from pork and aged for a minimum of 90 days and sometimes over a year.
Italians have a love affair with Formaggio or cheese. There are over 450 types of cheese made in Italy today. Italian Formaggi can be made from cow, goat, buffalo or sheep’s milk. The art of crafting these cheeses began in the Roman times and are now made throughout every region of Italy.
Italians have been creating and eating Formaggio for millenniums. At Pizza Republica we have Formaggio made with goat’s milk from the northern Italian Alps of Lombardy and Formaggio made with milk from cows that have grazed the hills of Veneto and the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.
Our Chefs at Pizza Republica have worked hand in hand with Salumeria Biellese in NYC and with our local cheesemonger, Cheese Importers in Longmont Colorado. Together we have created an outstanding selection of Salumi e Formaggi. Please sample and enjoy the culinary art and history of Italy.
– Buon Appetito