vilasman, get yourself to a good italian deli, or better yet a salumeria, and try different types of dried or cured sausages, called salume. pepperoni is only 1 kind of salume. there are dozens of different kinds, like salami, cappicola, sopressata, coppa, mortadella, and so on. you could make a meal out of a few pieces of salume, cheese, roasted peppers and olives, a hunk of bread, and a glass of wine. i do it once in a while as a treat.
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