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Suggestions for an Italian Market

RustyShackelford Oct 6, 2006 03:28 AM

Looking for a good Italian market to buy some cheeses, capers (salt packed, none of the brine) and other speciality items. Someone mentioned to me there was a store attached to Il Grano, but if there was one closer to Los Feliz, that would be better.


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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: RustyShackelford Oct 6, 2006 04:06 AM

    Well, for cheese I'd say the Cheese Store of Silverlake, but for an Italian market, there's Claro's in Arcadia and Monte Carlo in Burbank...

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      revets2 RE: RustyShackelford Oct 6, 2006 05:54 AM

      ditto the above, the little shop at ALCOVE in los feliz has great capers. hillhurst at franklin.

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        ladelfa RE: RustyShackelford Oct 6, 2006 05:27 PM

        For Italian cheese, you simply must pay a visit to Roma, on North Lake Blvd in Pasadena. The owner here really knows the cheeses. Whenever I go in he goes "here, try this," and he takes a huge knife and slices a wafer off a big block of ten-year-old something on the counter. He hands that to me and then he slices another piece for himself. We both stand there silently, savoring the nuances. Yes, I say. That's wonderful. Half a pound of that, please. And a loaf of the "olive oil" bread if they have it, but only if you're gonna be able to eat the whole loaf in a day, because it stales quickly.

        Claro's (I go to the one in Rosemead) also has cheeses, but they're pre-cut, wrapped, and priced already. For all the other things on your list, Claro's is probably worth the drive.

        Also, I think there's an Italian grocery in Glendale, but I haven't been there.

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          chez cherie RE: RustyShackelford Oct 6, 2006 06:50 PM

          it's mario's in glendale:
          740 E Broadway
          818 242 4114
          fresh burrata is about $9 a lb...whole foods gets twice that much and i'll bet it isn't as fresh!

          1. monku RE: RustyShackelford Oct 7, 2006 04:35 PM

            Maybe Claro's San Gabriel(their 1st store) on Valley Blvd. I go once a week to get their Mortadella which is made in Canada and pretty good. Special this month on it $4.95/lb.

            Anyway the other day they just hung out what looked like an 8 foot long provolone to age.

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              yogachik RE: RustyShackelford Oct 7, 2006 06:45 PM

              Bay Cities on Lincoln in Santa Monica has a great italian market.

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