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Calabria Pork Store
Sep-May: Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm; Sun, closed; Jun-Aug: Tue-Sat, 7am-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
4 at Fordham Rd.; B, D at Fordham Rd.
How many sopprassata and capicollo can be hung from a deli ceiling? The answer might lie inside Calabria Pork Store, where countless cured and crafted, netted and brined dried pork stalactites dangle tauntingly over shoppers' heads. In fact, the room feels as much like a pork cave as a shop, and the space vibrates with the sweet and pungent aromas of the many varieties of cured pork they make and sell. Calabrians, from southern Italy's toe, like their salami a bit hot, so in addition to sweet offerings, like the walnutty capicollo (cured and seasoned pork shoulder), there's sopprassata fired up with red pepper, and a paprika-coated Italian bacon they call pancetta Calabrese. Among the fresh sausages are cotechino, a fat northern Italian sausage usually served cooked with lentils, and a bittersweet pork with broccoli rabe. The store is also a full-service deli, with plenty roasted peppers and olives, fresh cheeses like scamorza, seafood salads and dried pastas. But to come here without ordering a few of Calabria's own pork pleasures would be a waste of time. Here, cured pork is king.