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Italian Bakery in LA

I have a good friend from a big Italian family in Brooklyn. He's looking for an authentic Italian bakery (as in those great bakeries in New York: cookies, etc). Is there anything like that in LA?

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  1. Eagle Rock Italian Bakery is pretty good.

    1726 Colorado Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90041
    (323) 255-8224

    http://www.nelanet.org/businessfinder...

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    1. re: mattesq

      Definitely Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, though I also really like Nicolosi.

      1. re: mattesq

        I love the chocolate/date rugula they make here and the almond-paste-and-candied-fruit things that come in the little fluted paper cups, but everything else I've had here has been a letdown, esp the biscotti. The piece of cake I had was no better than Vons quality and the bread is awful.

        Claro's in Rosemead (and other locations) also has baked goods. These are slightly better, but still only so-so IMO. Roma Grocery in Pasadena has great bread, but no cookies if memory serves.

        There used to be a really good place out in Westlake Village we went when I was a kid, but I think it's been gone for several years now.

      2. How bout connolli's? Where can I find a good one?

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        1. re: cincodemayo1

          I love the cannoli from Monte Carlo Deli in Burbank. It's the only thing they make there (most of their sweets are brought in from Eagle Rock), and they're SO good.

        2. Probably a little fancier than he wants, but I ADORE Massimos in Venice.

          http://local.yahoo.com/details;_ylt=A...

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            Never had their connolli's (if that's what the link is refering to) but I used to work less than a block away, and twice (once for my birthday, once when I quit) I was given a cake from there. I'm not sure what it's called, but it's chocolate cake (probably 3 types of chocolate) covered in a chocolate icing wrap, and topped with pieces of chocolate. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

          2. Here is a good list to check out:

            http://www.italianlosangeles.org/inde...

            In the South Bay area, I like Portofino Bakery in San Pedro for their great rolls, but not sure if they make sweets.

            1. RE Massimo's. Terrible service. I had been a regular customer since it was just the 1st bakery, my wedding cake was from Massimos, the amazing almond meal cake with a wonderful light zabaglione filling.
              However, the last 2 cake orders I have purchased from Massimos, and if you want a whole cake you have to pre-order, the cake delivered was not what I ordered, the last cake was 2/3's heavy fatty ganache type frosting, just awful.
              Massimo used to seem as if he cared about customer feedback, but when I called to say what I thought about the last cake it was a real dead end. Possibly the stress of running the cafes etc has changed his focus, but my feeling is Massimos is not the same artisanal quality bakery it once was.

              1. Nicolosi in Encino. Really good stuff!