September 5, 2023

Olli Salumeria Debuts Salami Hall of Fame to Celebrate National Salami Day September 7

A California maker of authentic Italian-style salami is going big for National Salami Day on Sept. 7 by honoring those who have helped popularize the beloved Italian cured meat in the United States.

Oceanside, CA-based Olli Salumeria recently introduced the Salami Hall of Fame – a digital celebration of iconic restaurants, delicatessens and specialty grocers around the country that are elevating the status of salami through creative menu items and retail offerings.

“For National Salami Day, we wanted to have some fun while recognizing those who have helped popularize salami in this country,” said Oliviero Colmignoli, Founder and President of Olli Salumeria. “Introducing Americans to the versatility and taste of authentic slow-cured Italian salami is what we’re all about at Olli, so our Salami Hall of Fame campaign is celebrating others who share our mission.”

Starting this week, Olli will celebrate each of the inaugural Salami Hall of Fame inductees with holiday-specific social media posts and on the company’s website and local media outreach. The list of five inductees for 2023 includes:

  • Mona Lisa Italian Foods (San Diego) – a landmark restaurant and deli in San Diego’s “Little Italy” neighborhood which has been supplying salami and other Italian provisions as a wholesale and retail operation for 50 years.
  • Domenico’s Restaurant (Long Beach, CA) – one of the oldest continuously operated Italian restaurants in Los Angeles County, serving-up its famous “ground pepperoni” pizza and other salami-based dishes since 1954.
  • Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen (Chicago) – a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike, this specialty grocer and deli has been in business since 1972 and is known for its high-quality, traditional salami and Italian fare.
  • DeLaurenti Food & Wine (Seattle) – a true pioneer in gourmet foods, DeLaurenti Food & Wine has been serving up authentic Italian meats, cheeses and other charcuterie favorites at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market since 1946.
  • Tuscany at your Table (Atlanta) – an authentic Italian deli and market, specializing in prepared foods, wines, meats, cheeses & paninis. Led by trained chef Luigi D’Arienzo, Tuscany at your Table shares Italian culinary traditions through cooking classes, prepared dishes, fine gourmet foods and even guided tours of Italy.

National Salami Day is an annual holiday established in 2006 by the Salami Appreciation Society, a group of amateur salami admirers determined to raise salami’s profile in the world of deli meat. To extend the holiday to salumi lovers across the country for an entire week, Olli is hosting a special salami-based recipe contest for a chance to win the “Ultimate Salami Experience” and be named as the latest addition to the Salami Hall of Fame.

From now through September 13, US residents can submit their most creative salami-based recipe or serving idea – such as charcuterie, snacking platter, sandwich, pasta, pizza or more – for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to San Diego, CA. The package includes airfare, hotel, transportation, dinner at an iconic Italian restaurant and a special guided tour of Olli Salumeria’s facilities to learn the unique process of artisanal salami making. To enter, the public can submit their salami recipe via a story or in-feed post on Facebook or Instagram, tagging Olli with #NSDOlliWeekGiveaway and/or #NSDOlliWeekGiveawayEntry or by sending a screenshot via direct message to Olli. Entries are accepted from Aug. 30 – Sept. 13, with the winner announced on Sunday, Sept. 17.

In addition to the recipe contest with grand prize “Ultimate Salami Experience,” Olli will offer several giveaways throughout salami celebration week from Sept. 6-13. These giveaways will include Olli salami along with products from partner brands, ranging from La Panzanella crackers and Scharffen Berger chocolate to a knife set from Platterful.

“We wanted to go big for National Salami Day and offer-up ways for salami lovers across the US to participate and even extend the celebration for an entire week,” said Colmignoli.

For more information on Olli Salumeria, including the company’s products and National Salami Day promotions, visit Olli or follow Olli Salumeria on Facebook and Instagram.

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