Every now and then I get an overwhelming hankering for a meat-loaded meal. This hankering is usually satiated by the meaty goodness that is Holy Smoke BBQ but since I was hanging out in Inglewood shopping with a friend we decided to hit up Spolumbo’s.
Spolumbo’s is the brain child of three Italian Canadians who all played for the Calgary Stampeders; Tom and Tony Spoletini and Mike Palumbo. According to spolumbos.com:
With the passion born in Italian households, the guys began making sausages in the after-hours at Tom’s father-in-law’s restaurant, offering their sausages to other restaurants in Calgary and area. Soon the demand became big enough that they purchased their own Deli and opened a small 10-seat sandwich shop in the Inglewood area of Calgary. Today, still in Inglewood, Spolumbo’s Sausages are made out of a state-of-the-art facility, in the same building as the fabulous and spacious 100 seat Italian Deli.
We stopped by on a lovely Saturday afternoon and going by the age-old foodie adage of ‘if there’s a line, it’s bound to be good’, we were in for a treat. The deli was packed and there was a good ten person line to boot.
The staff was very helpful and took our order while we were still in line instead of waiting for us to get to the till (brownie points!). I went with the Porchetta Muffaletta (partly because it sounded awesome, partly because it sounded like a Harry Potter spell) and Katie went with the Spolumbo’s Special.
Photos by Kelsey Hipkin
The Porchetta Muffaletta is, as explained by a helpful staff member and the menu, oven roasted pork, flavoured with red wine and spices and served with an olive spread. The Spolumbo’s Special is a combination of mortadella, genoa, capocollo, prosciutto and provolone; with some lettuce and tomato added for good measure.
Biting into the Muffaletta was pure, unadulterated meat heaven. The meat was tender and the flavour was absolutely amazing. The sandwich was uncluttered with vegetables and I will definitely be trying it again.
Katie and I went halvsies on each of our sandwiches and the Spolumbo’s Special was also quite tasty. The meats combined with the provolone were lovely and the bread was light and fresh.
Aside from an amazing sandwich selection, Spolumbo’s also serves up salads and has their famous sausage, lasagne’s and other dishes available for take home. Next time you’re in Inglewood, check it out for either a quick snack or a sit down lunch, your meat craving will thank you.
Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli
1308 - Ninth Ave. SE