The Trend: Artisan Ham
Fra’ Mani Rosemary Ham
The sweet, salty, and herbal rosemary notes of this delicately textured ham are in perfect harmony. Order at framani.com, where you’ll also find a list of retailers, including some in Berkeley and Oakland.
Fatted Calf Charcuterie Picnic Ham
The picnic cut, generally a bit more than a pound, is an ideal size for a small group. The well-marbleized meat has a deep, smoky flavor. Order online at fattedcalf.com for pickup at the Berkeley or Ferry Plaza farmers markets.
Oliveto’s Prosciutto Cotto
Paul Canales, Oliveto’s chef, makes a mean ham, Italian-style. Now, he has a new place to show off his work: the restaurant’s recently renovated café, which offers a museum-worthy display of salumi and the fanciest meat slicer in town. Don’t miss the prosciutto cotto, with mozzarella and tomato conserva in a crisp, delectable panino. 5655 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 547-5356, oliveto.com.