Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa

Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa

Long Island cuisine is as good as it has ever been right at this moment and it’s made up of unique restaurants, interesting people and great dishes. All three have come together in this Massapequa wine and small plates haven; Salumi.

Open since April, 2011, Salumi has been gaining some traction in the local dining scene. Reminiscent more of a restaurant / bar in Brooklyn, it seems content to be out of place in the Massapequa area. It’s a quiet location on Merrick Road in the corner of a strip of stores, but once you step inside you’re transported into a calming scene filled with brown woods and a hard focus on the food and drink on hand.


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Salumi literally means cured meat so we can go in there with the expectation that a variety of dishes are made up of, or feature, cured meats in some way. To take it a step further, at the very end of the bar in the back of the restaurant, is a mount where depending on the day, Serrano ham (see picture below) or prosciutto will be mounted for an easy carve. It might be unnerving to some to have this mounted and carved in front of you, but it adds to the experience and tastes delicious.


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We’ve longed for a quality restaurant on Long Island that can act as a hub for late-night dining on any night. In New York City, you can head to some restaurants as late as 4am and they’re still serving their menu to the late-night crowds, which often consist of restaurant industry workers. Salumi is open 7 nights per week for a last sitting at midnight every night. This fact has made them popular with a lot of employees of nearby restaurants. We can file this away for the next time we’re looking for something to eat at 11pm.


The Spanish Board (made up of cheeses and meats from Spain)
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The menu is a combination of plates originating from Spain, France and Italy. The menu is broken down into those regions as well (you may have to ask as it was not specifically noted on the menu) and wine pairings are made easier due to this fact. Featuring over 70 wines, a variety of small plates and wines can be tried in one sitting.


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On our visit, we were able to sample the Spanish Board, olives, french onion raclette, meat balls and more. None was bigger than an appetizer(except the Spanish board, which was huge), which is great for ordering en masse and sharing with those who you are with. A good rule of thumb would be 3-4 dishes per couple.


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Salumi earns high marks with us. They’re serving high-quality cuisine in an inviting atmosphere 7 nights per week. The game has been upped, Long Island. Now it’s your turn to try it out for yourself.


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5600 Merrick Road
Massapequa, NY 11758
516-620-0057
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