Gourmet Salami at Antica Norcineria Viola in Rome

I was a vegetarian from the age of about 7 to 25.

In between,  I dabbled in veganism while my parents waited for me to out grow my meat-free phase.

It was hardly a “phase,” but when I moved to Rome, I dropped it.

Antica Norcineria Viola

In Italy, and now in general, I eat meat in moderation.

I would rather eat a small bit of high quality, ethically raised meat, than overindulge in less sustainable meals.

Rome specialty food shop

For me, that means going to my local butcher and chatting about what is good that day.

But for cured meats? Well you need an expert for that.

Cured meat Italy

Between the touristy resturants and changing market stalls of Campo de’ Fiori, you can find Antica Norcineria Viola.

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The term “norcineria” comes from Norcia – a town in Umbria.  Well known for its boar and pork products, and shop that sells cured pork and sausages came to be known as a norcineria.

Where to buy salami Rome

Viola has been family owned for more than 100 years.  It is the perfect place to stop to satisfy any cravings for speck, prosciutto, mortadella, salami and much more.

The narrow shop as all the traditional favorites as well as some gourmet options like truffle studded salami.

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Don’t feel you have to buy a full pig leg – the meat at Norcineria Violia is cut to order, and more people order in 100 g increments. (Also knows as an ‘etto’).

Antica Norcineria Viola
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 43
00186 Rome, Italy (Centro Storico)



  • Reply Joe October 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Consider returning to your vegan/vegetarian past. I don’t believe there is any such thing as “ethical” meat that justifies the imprisonment and slaughter and eating of other sentient creatures. A whole food, plant-based diet is healthier for you, the animals, and the planet. Your seven-year old self knew that.

    • Reply Natalie October 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Joe! I completely agree that food is a very personal choice. I spend all day working with diets, so I know how much they vary from culture to culture, and person to person.

      I do think food, including meat, can be ethical, but I understand that different people have other moral beliefs.

  • Reply Debi October 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I’m the same, I’m also choosy about the small amount of meat I eat and think it is possible for it to be ethical. My usual Rome haunt for this type of thing is Volpetti, but this place looks great and I’ll check it out the next time I’m there!

  • Reply tony January 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Great pictures of Antica Norcineria Viola! I can still remember the smell! Eating meat has been a part of human nature as long as there have been humans. One of the greatest joys of traveling is indulging in delicious local cuisine, and I’m glad you discovered one of the best examples in Rome. I linked to your site on my blog http://zzlangerhans.travellerspoint.com/6/

  • Reply Tom Jacob July 12, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Debi, you might try Roscioli, via Dei Giubbonari, 21, just down the street from Campo de’ Fiori, also. A wide ranging selection of quality meat products.

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