Any business that greets its customers with this is sure to get a purchase from us. Or purchases.
This is the porchetta sold by Fatted Calf Charcuterie.
Look at that crackling skin, the flecks of sea salt, the pink curled around the filling.
You know you want some.
We did, when we visited the Fatted Calf store in Napa.
When you walk into the tiny space, in the Oxbow Market, you're immediately bombarded by a board full of choices.
You know, there are other choices besides pork up there, but they pale in comparison to the figatelle, the pepperoni, the porchetta, and the pancetta. It's clear that Fatted Calf is all about the pork.
Look at these beautiful pork chops, gleaming in the display case.
If we had not been traveling, we would have taken those two, right there, and then rushed home to put them on the grill.
Those pâtés, dense with meat and fat, were gleaming in the display case as well.
Should we have taken one of everything to go?
Oh, but look at those hot Italian sausages. Garlic and sea salt, among other ingredients.
We could have talked our friend Anita into taking us to her house and having a barbeque that night. So what if we missed our flight?
You know you're in a good place to buy pork when the meat slicer looks like sculpture.
And the bacon so deeply cured that it looks like an ancient text, the leather binding curling at the edges.
But this is text you can eat.
Looking at this firm-fleshed and creamy-fatted piece of cured meat, we realized we have never eaten Lonza before.
We'll have to take care of that.
Look what you sign your credit card slip on. Now that is fantastic.
The Fatted Calf is one of the best charcuteries in the country. Their meats are always top quality. They support local farms and local businesses. We don't need to tell you that their cured meats are delicious, do we? Take a look at these pictures.
Whenever we see these photographs, we heave a little sigh. If only Fatted Calf Charcuterie were closer…