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Somebody once told me about this pun. What is it, and what's the original formula?

PS: A preliminary web search only finds food blogs, and I don't know at the moment how to refine the search. Grazie mille.

PS: I was told bye bye in a chat room by an Italian over half a decade ago with a pun in the Italian equivalent of "salami and cheese", that was explained as a rhyme on a common greeting. I'm sure about the salami, but not the cheese. I don't know why I hadn't made the connection to Arabic "salamu", indeed it seems plausible, but there were no clues about cultural background; the guy identified chiefly Italian in my mind, at least with regards to cuisine --also taught me a genuine carbonara receipe without creme. Looking up "cheese" now, cacio for ciao seems more likely than formaggio.

I thought both phrases were common.

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    Welcome to Italian.SE, @vectory! I don't understand your question. Could you please add some more details?
    – Charo
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 22:50
  • I think this is an English language question rather than an Italian one. Probably a pun on Arabic greeting “salam” simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salam
    – user519
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 7:07
  • @Charo, I was told bye bye in a chat room by an italian over half a decade ago with a pun in the italian equivalent of "salami and cheese", that was explained as a rhyme on a common greeting. I'm sure about the salami, but not the cheese. I don't know why I hadn't made the connection to Arabic "salamu", indeed it seems plausible, but there were no clues about cultural background; the guy identified chiefly italian in my mind, at least with regards to cuisine--also taught me a genuine carbonara receipe without creme. Looking up "cheese" now, cacio for ciao seems more likely than formaggio
    – vectory
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 8:33
  • shout out to DalaiLamer on #warsow.pickup@quakenet irc! what are you up to these days?
    – vectory
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 8:34
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    No reference to Arabic here. It should be something about saluti (greetings), which is similar to salumi (salami and other such specialties). Perhaps, salumi e formaggi (rather than, say, saluti e omaggi)?
    – DaG
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 9:35

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It might be Saluti e baci -> Salumi e caci. A Google search turns up a few examples of this pun, mixed with the literal use of these words.

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