Service: Shop owners Franco and Beth Boeri prepare sandwiches alongside the cherubic Anna DeBenedictis and other knowledgeable employees. The simple fare they offer is a necessity since there's no kitchen or oven to speak of. Ask a question about a product, and you may get a family story or suggestions on other things that might be up your alley.
What we ate: The hardcore Italian sandwich list may seem overwhelming with its difficult-to-pronounce names and exotic ingredients (all imported from Italy, except for the Bread Garden bread). But don't despair -- you won't regret any of your choices. The Panino Imbottito ($5.50) features prosciutto cotto (more like traditional ham and not as salty as prosciutto crudo) with Fontina cheese and a vegetable of choice on either focaccia or ciabatta bread. The Toscano ($6) includes prosciutto crudo with pecorino Toscano cheese on a ciabatta. Or try the Ciociaro ($5.25): smoked mozzarella and porchetta with a vegetable. Of the seven sandwich varieties I've tried so far, my favorite is the Panino Fresco ($5.75): crudo, Robiola cheese, pesto and fresh tomatoes on a crusty baguette.
Vegetable selections include: grilled eggplant, zucchini or mushrooms; sundried tomatoes; roasted peppers; artichokes; moss mushrooms in tomato oil; marinated eggplant; or fresh tomatoes.
It's all in the name: The olives are located in large jars in a display case -- presented like the salty treasure they are. There you'll find the namesake Taggiasca olive as well as Gaeta, Calabrese, and other seasoned black or green olives ($6.50-$7 a pound depending on the variety). For those curious about the name, "Salumeria" is Italian for a meat and cheese market or deli; the owners hail from the Taggia region -- so we have an authentic Taggiasca deli right here in the Atlanta.
Not enough?: In the deli case, you'll find seafood salad -- octopus, squid and clams suspended in oil ($7.50 a pound) -- or tuna- and anchovy-stuffed peppers ($14 a pound). On weekends, fresh gnocchi and vegetable lasagnas appear -- and go fast.