Finocchiona (fin-OHK-ee-own-ah) is a traditional Italian salami with garlic, black pepper and fennel. Named after its main flavor component (fennel), this is one of Tuscany’s oldest and most loved pork products. Olympia Provisions starts by hand-butchering antibiotic-free Pacific Northwest pork, then adds in fresh chopped garlic and freshly ground spices for flavor that is vivid and pure. Not certified organic.
Note regarding the outside of the salami: there is a natural edible mold that encases the salami (similar to the molds found on aged, soft cheeses). The mold acts as a natural barrier to protect the salami from any competing mold or bacteria growth during the drying process and also adds flavor. The color can range from white to yellow to shades of dark grey and black. These molds are natural and delicious, but are easily removable by taking off casing, if desired.
About the producer
Elias Cairo grew up learning how to make charcuterie at home with his father. He later apprenticed in kitchens around Europe where he rediscovered the art of curing meat. After returning to Portland, he established Olympia Provisions in 2009 and it became Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria. Everything is handcrafted naturally with the ultimate goal of quality.
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