Salty Pork Bits Review – Charcuterie by Justin Severino

Last Updated on November 22, 2021 by Jeremy

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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. (I'm not sure he appreciated it, granted, we also never asked.)

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.

Even better? Shortly thereafter Salty Pork Bits opened up a brick and mortar store in Lawrenceville (just feet from the former restaurant) for local pickups of one-off orders too!

Salty Pork Bits is Our Kind of Subscription Box

Salty Pork Bits Subscription

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. 

Don't Want a Subscription? Buy Individual Charcuterie at the Store

Salty Pork Bits Subscription

Since publishing this article, Salty Pork Bits has expanded quite a bit. Now they are no longer a subscription-only product and have an array of salami, cured meats, and other meat and non-meat products available for one-off orders.

Naturally, we now frequent this one as a regular in our shopping rotation and also ship some salami to friends and family who are not local. A win all around!

Salty Pork Bits was formerly online ordering with local pickup, but as of November 23rd, 2021, the store opened for walk-in traffic as well. While you are out, sure to swing by to Chantal's Cheese Shop in Bloomfield to pick up some cheese to make a wonderful board to enjoy at home too- this is one of our favorite duos in the city!

Overall, Salty Pork Bits offers up an array of wonderful cured meats either as one-off sales or in their charcuterie box. No matter what you do, it'll be like having Cure at home- and for that we are grateful!

Salty Pork Bits is located at 5306 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

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