May 24, 2011

Salume Beddu

After curing, the ribs are steamed at low temperature for three to four hours and then, when you order it, given a quick charring. The flavor is almost indescribable. An initial hit of olive oil and lemon slices through the browned exterior, then gives way to the complexity of the ras-el-hanout, whose warmth and pungency fills out the pork's natural blend of savor and sweetness. The meat is so tender that, again, if you didn't know, you might assume it had cooked low and slow over smoldering wood. Click here to continue reading Ian Froeb's review of Salume Beddu. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Salume Beddu
3467 Hampton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63139
St. Louis - The Hill
314-353-3100
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A late afternoon lunch spread at Salume Beddu.
A late afternoon lunch spread at Salume Beddu.
The small Artisan Cured Meat shop, and now lunch spot, sits in an
otherwise nondescript strip mall on South Hampton.
The small Artisan Cured Meat shop, and now lunch spot, sits in an otherwise nondescript strip mall on South Hampton.
Legs in the aging room.
Legs in the aging room.
Co-owner Ben Poremba bringing a fresh basket of bread to his lunch
guests.
Co-owner Ben Poremba bringing a fresh basket of bread to his lunch guests.
Co-owner Mark Sanfilippo checks on things in the aging room.
Co-owner Mark Sanfilippo checks on things in the aging room.
The simple, rustic details lend to the warm family atmosphere at Salume Beddu.
The simple, rustic details lend to the warm family atmosphere at Salume Beddu.
The modest herb garden in front of the shop.
The modest herb garden in front of the shop.
Although the shop has been converted to accomodate dine-in customers, you can still purchase pastas and a variety of artisan cured meats at the counter.
Although the shop has been converted to accomodate dine-in customers, you can still purchase pastas and a variety of artisan cured meats at the counter.
Last Thursday's lunch menu.
Last Thursday's lunch menu.
A single pine cone hangs in each window at Salume Beddu.
A single pine cone hangs in each window at Salume Beddu.