Chef Donatella Arpaia says, "Cured meats, such as hard Italian salami, should never
be kept in the pantry and should be refrigerated in butcher paper instead." She continued, "Although many say 'shelf stable,' leaving it in the pantry dries the meat out. In addition, there have been studies showing the presence of food-borne illnesses, so
play it safe and put it in the fridge."