Taking it to-go

In case you missed it, here’s my review–of sorts–of Salumeria Luca that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

If you’re looking to sample Cantinetta Luca’s tasty Italian fare, but aren’t quite up to settling in for a dinner out, don’t forget about the new sister shop that opened next door this summer — Salumeria Luca.

Salumeria Luca specializes in a wide array of fresh Italian groceries. It’s perfect for picking up the fixin’s for whipping up a delicious Italian dinner at home.

Salumeria Luca offers a number of tasty Italian treats to go.

The shelves are packed with dried pastas, olive oils and balsamic vinegars; there’s a cold case with cured meats, cheeses and fresh pastas.

There’s also a menu of fresh food available for takeaway, including pressed panini, sandwiches, salume plates and now pizza too.

Pick up a salume plate for a picnic by the beach or your next potluck dinner.

I’m partial to the hot-pressed panini. My favorites are the Campania ($7) — a classic combination with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, basil and rucula.

The Calabrese panino is my favorite sandwich on the menu with a spicy kick.

And the Calabrese — with spicy Calabrese salami, Calabrian pepper spread, tomatoes, mozzarella and greens, $7.50 — is great too, if you’re looking for a sandwich with a spicy kick.

Gelatooooo!

And Salumeria Luca has you covered if you’re looking for something sweet — they’ve got a case stocked with gelato and sorbetto made fresh in-house. You’ll find classic flavors, like gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut) and salted caramel, as well as a changing menu of more exotic gelato flavors such as honey ricotta or olive oil. Get a single scoop for $3.75 or double scoop for $4.75.

A single scoop of Salumeria Luca's signature olive oil gelato.

Salumeria Luca is located on Dolores Street, between Ocean and Seventh avenues, next door to Cantinetta Luca in Carmel. 625-0264 or www.salumerialuca.com.

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