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Photo of last year's Showdown trophy: Vince Lattanzio/Twitter

In advance of this year's second annual Sernicola Soppressata Showdown, Drew Lazor profiles amateur "super-sod" maker Joe Sernicola. The piece delves into the tradition of home curing, the bartering economy built around salumi in South Philly, and the many variations on the name to be found around our area. As icing, it includes this quote from Sernicola: "When my wife parks her car, she has to wade through 120 soppressata hanging from the ceiling." [Philly Daily News]