The difference between salami and pepperoni

Sep 1, 2018   //   by mamaginas   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on The difference between salami and pepperoni

Unless you cure your own meats, you probably don’t know the difference between salami and pepperoni, except vaguely that pepperoni is a bit spicier. In point of fact, pepperoni is a type of salami (also known as the American salami), although it has its origins in different kinds of spicy salami made in southern Italy. However, here are the main differences between the two types of yummy cured meats.


Salami is a cured sausage that originated in Italy. It is made from a variety of meats — beef, pork and turkey — with a variety of other tasty ingredients such as garlic, salt, fat, vinegar, wine, herbs and spices. The meat is ground and mixed with the other ingredients, then allowed to ferment for a day before being stuffed into edible casings and then hung up to cure (air-dried).


Pepperoni is made from both pork and beef ground together with plenty of fat and a variety of peppers and spices are added to flavor it. It treated with nitrates to give it the distinctive color and then it is lightly smoked, rather than air-dried.

We use plenty of salami and pepperoni is a variety of our dishes – pizza, calzones, sandwiches and even in our Antipasto Salad.

Fun Facts:

  • Salami is usually eaten as a cold slice filling (not as a pizza topping).
  • Pepperoni is a type of salami, but salami is not a type of pepperoni.
  • There are tons of different types of salami – Soppressata, Prosciutto, Chorizo, Cacciatore and many more.
  • A 3-ounce serving of salami or pepperoni contains 400+ calories.
  • Americans consume 251.7 million pounds of pepperoni annually – that’s enough to circle the earth 50 times. 
  • Incidentally, most of that pepperoni ends up on pizzas.
  • Americans eat 100 acres of pizza per day!
  • Eating pepperoni contains significant amounts of pantothenic acid and vitamin B-12. Both of these nutrients help ensure proper brain function because they help your brain cells make chemicals involved in nerve communication.
  • Beware if you are watching your salt intake – a single 3-ounce serving contains 1,479 milligrams of sodium.
  • A 3-ounce portion of pepperoni contains 2.1 milligrams of zinc, which contributes 19 percent toward the recommended daily intake for men and 26 percent for women.

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