Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods, based in Berkeley, California, was founded by nationally-recognized chef Paul Bertolli. Fra’ Mani strives to keep old world food traditions alive in taste and technique, and is committed to selecting ingredients of the highest quality to produce a wide array of hand-tied dry salami, sausages, cooked salumi and deli meats. Fra’ Mani works with family farmers dedicated to the well-being of their animals and their land, and Fra’ Mani products contain no added nitrites or MSG. The name “Fra’ Mani” is derived from the Italian for “between or among hands” and conveys the message “from our hands to yours.”
Paul’s maternal grandfather was a salumiere and his love of salumi was ignited at a young age while savoring prosciutto and soppressata vicentina from his grandfather’s cellars.
Fra’ Mani seeks to keep old world food traditions alive in taste and craft, using ingredients of the highest quality from sustainable sources. Its meat, chiefly pork, comes from family farmers committed to the well-being of their animals and their land. The animals are never given antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, growth-promoting agents or meat by-products, and are raised on pasture or in deeply bedded pens.