What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie refers to the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. The word "charcuterie" is derived from the French terms "chair"
(meaning "meat") and "cuit" (meaning "cooked"). Originally, it was used to describe shops in 15th-century France that sold products made from pork, including ham, sausages, bacon, and other pork products. Over time, the term has expanded to encompass a broader range of products.

Common items often found in charcuterie include:

  1. Cured Meats: Such as prosciutto, salami, and Soppressata.
  2. Italian Cheese Italian cheeses play a significant role on a charcuterie board, complementing the array of cured meats and other accompaniments both in flavor and texture.
  3. Sausages: There are countless varieties of sausages that can be part of charcuterie.
  4. Accompaniments: Charcuterie boards or platters often feature accompaniments like olives, cornichons, mustard, cheeses, bread, and fruit preserves.

Today, the presentation of these items, especially on a charcuterie board, has become a popular culinary trend. The variety of textures, flavors, and colors makes charcuterie boards visually appealing and a favorite for gatherings and parties. The art of charcuterie emphasizes the skill of preserving meat, which dates back before the advent of refrigeration, using methods like curing, smoking, and fermenting.

Dive into the rich culinary traditions of Italy with Frank and Sal's meticulously crafted charcuterie collection. Every item in our assortment has been handpicked, showcasing only the crème de la crème of Salumi.

With Frank and Sal, you're not just offering a snack, you're presenting an authentic Italian taste journey, where each bite takes your guests on a delightful voyage through Italy's finest flavors and age-old curing techniques.