Swoon: Turchetti’s Salumeria

From the pig-shaped “Open” sign to the dispensers of hairnets and beard covers behind the counter, you can tell right away that Turchetti’s Salumeria is not your average sandwich shop. It should come as no surprise, given that George Turkette, Indy’s whole-animal butchering boy wonder, is behind the Friday and Saturday spot that debuted in late August. His hot links, salamis, and cold-smoked bacon have found a following among local chefs and shopkeepers over the last few years. Now, you can go right to the source for sandwiches featuring Turkette’s complex sausages and deli meats.

Turchetti’s Salumeria
1106 Prospect St., 317-426-3048

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.