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Salty Pork Bits is now operating as a brick and mortar store in the Strip District at 2108 Smallman Street and is open on weekends. The following article is about our experience ordering this one in their previous subscription service. The quality of the charcuterie has not changed for the store as many favorites outlined below are now available regularly!
When Justin Severino's acclaimed restaurant, Cure, closed in 2019, we were pretty heartbroken. So heartbroken, in fact, that we would tag the chef in sad updates every time we walked past the now-closed Lawrenceville storefront.
We do this because, in all honesty, Cure was perhaps the best restaurant in Pittsburgh during its run and we were sad to see it go.
Thankfully, Justin Severino had a plan to offer his charcuterie to the world and opened up Salty Pork Bits- a subscription service where you can get a box of charcuterie every month.
Naturally, Angie got it for me as a birthday present, and it was like having Cure's stellar charcuterie board at home as much as I wanted.
Salty Pork Bits is Our Kind of Subscription Box
For charcuterie lovers, the Salty Pork Bits subscription is an ideal delivery. Each subscription offers three months of charcuterie, with each monthly delivery including four salamis weighing about 3 ounces each (or a bit more depending on the salami).
For its price, this averages out to just over $10 per salami before shipping- a premium for most but a steal when you consider the source.
Each month's shipment includes a number of varied charcuterie flavors such that you can concoct a great platter with some rather nuanced tastes. When you look at what was included in our packages, you can see what we mean:
- Month 1: Pepperoni, Iberian, Heirloom Tomato, Fuet
- Month 2: Chorizo, Morcilla Achorizado, Calabrese, Leek Ash Porcini
- Month 3: Negroni, Lamb Harissa, Finocchina, Toscano
A few gems from above are the Negroni (made with Campari), Lamb Harissa (made with Jameson Farms lamb), the Chorizo, Fuet, and Heirloom Tomato; however, you really can't go wrong with any list as far as we've seen- the flavor combinations you can get out of the charcuterie is pretty intense.
These aren't your standard Jamon Iberico slices!
Rather than go all out and eat these in a single sitting (which we easily could have), we opted instead to bust them out for snacks here or there in order to savor the meats as long as possible. When enjoying two or three slices of all the salamis (each), we got a good four or five snacks out of each delivery- a good way to spread the deliciousness around considering the cost.
Subscriptions Are Available on A Rolling Basis
It is worth keeping in mind that the Salty Pork Bits subscriptions are open on a rolling three-month basis. As of article publication, you cannot simply go to their site, sign up, and get a subscription delivered to you next week. They are on set start dates throughout the year, and everyone in a particular subscription set gets their charcuterie at the same time.
So if you don't order for the upcoming batch, you may find you have to wait three months for the next subscription set to become available.
That being said, the subscriptions are often quite varied such that the charcuterie included in the spring 2019 set is quite different from the summer 2019 set- making this an enticing subscription service to continue receiving batch after batch.
Get to the Pickup Early for More Options
Presently, Salty Pork Bits offers a delivery option as well as in-store pick-up (at Morcilla during our order in spring 2019).
For those who have the ability to pick-up, we highly recommend taking this option to take advantage of happy hour specials on cocktails, but also additional access to even more charcuterie and other sides like olives, almonds, or, our personal favorite, a lemon oil and garlic cheese (for additional charge, of course).
The reason we say to visit this one early is that the stock of available options always appeared limited.
During our first pickup, nothing was available at all as we arrived towards the end. During our second, I arrived at the beginning and had a plethora of options to choose from. Whether this is a fluke or not is one thing, but we could definitely see options like the cheese or unique, extra charcuterie running out quickly, so getting in early ensures you get first the pick of additional items if you were so interested.
Naturally, we were very interested, and picked up extra charcuterie and cheese in our two remaining pickups (if you ever see the sherry apricot, get it- it is almost as divine as the Negroni!).
Overall, Salty Pork Bits is a premium subscription box that trends well north of $100 for its three-month supply. But if you're Cure die-hards like us, well, for less than the cost of one meal the mound of charcuterie at home is more than worth the price.
We can't wait to get this one again!
Salty Pork Bits is a subscription service for charcuterie available online and pick-up. Note the three-month rolling subscription basis as if you miss out on the upcoming order, you'll have to wait!