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Dec 5, 2006 04:10 AM

Cardone's deli in Silver Lake

Just stopped by Cardone's on Sunset, just a couple doors west of Dusty's. A range of cold cuts by Columbus, and cheese from Gioia - he usually sells his own mozzarella, made from Gioia's curds, at the Atwater and Silverlake farmer's markets, but says he's been too busy opening the shop lately to make cheese. He also has Gioia's burrata and ricotta.

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  1. My husband and I were eager to welcome a NY-style Italian deli to the neighborhood, and stopped by for a sandwich today. It was pretty empty, and when we walked in, someone yelled to the back "customers up front", which sounded grim. But the sandwiches we ordered were really good. The full sandwiches are huge, but they offer 1/2 sandwiches for 1/2 price, which is very reasonable. The problem is that there's practically nowhere to sit and nothing but sandwiches (and cannolis -- which are pretty tasty). So you have to drive there and take out, and there's no easy parking. A lot of trouble when the only offerings are sandwiches.

    Seems like they should use all that space for 3 or 4 two person tables for quick to-stay eating AND a couple of shelves full of assorted imported Italian cookies, jarred and canned items, and deli staples, like a variety of chips and sodas. Then they should FILL up the display case so that it looks abundant and welcoming, not empty. Standard deli fare like pasta salad, olives, marinated stuff, etc. -- that would go a long way.

    Anyway, because we really NEED a decent sandwich shop, I'm happy to see Cardone's and because the sandwiches were delicious, we'll be back.

    1. Can't wait to try it and support the effort.

      1. Just had my first long awaited sandwich from Cardones. I was a little put off by mayonaise on an Italian Sub, but once I know my way around the menu, I'll take charge, and, of course,their burrata and mozzerella is to die for. The cannoli was a guilty pleasure. My friend had a prosciuto and mozzerella panini, and that will be my next stop.

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        1. re: Jetneo

          Been curious about this place too (had the exact same impressions as the above posters - put SOMETHING in those coolers. Thanks for the mayo tip. I always order sandwiches w/o mayo, and I've had many an Italian deli clerk (more on the East Coast) look at me like I'm the crazy one, as in "why would we do that?", but there ya go.

          Do the cannolis hold a candle to Vito's?

          1. re: cant talk...eating

            I have to try the Cardones cannolis still. But I'm curious about Vito's... is that Vito's Pizza on La Cienega?

          2. re: Jetneo

            Been thinking of trying Cardone's aftter seeing one of their ads in LA Weekly:

            Cardone's Italian Deli
            3206 W Sunset Blvd
            Los Angeles 90026
            323 906-9080


            1. re: Jetneo

              Thanks for reviving this thread! I can't believe I missed hearing about this place -- I live in the neighborhood and will be trying it out soon.

            2. I have to agree and disagree with the previous posts.

              Re sandwiches - I really enjoy them, especially the sesame roll, which vaguely reminds me (though is not as good of course :) of a favorite Italian spot of mine in Philadelphia, Sarcone's. The pork with broccoli rabe is nice, though it needs sharp provolone (again, I'm thinking of my Philly faves...). Still damn tasty though. And just in general, I appreciate having a sandwich sliced to order. And of course the burrata is great. :)

              Definitely disagree re cannoli there. Having been raised on the wonderful cannoli of the Italian bakeries in South Philly, I was thrilled to see that on the Cardone's menu and ordered it. Not as bad as others I have had in L.A., and it was filled to order as it should be, but I didn't care for it. It was several mos. ago so I don't remember exactly how the filling was, but it didn't hold a candle to the creamy ricotta w/ choc chip deliciousness I have come to expect in a cannoli. I'd get other things and skip that if I were you.