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Muffaletta sandwiches in L.A.?

Does anyone serve a good muffaletta sandwich anywhere around Los Angeles? How about in the Inland Empire? Also, Trader Joes used to have a chopped olive relish for making muffalettas that was very good. When I was there yesterday, though, they said no longer carry it. Do you know of anywhere that does? Thanks

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  1. Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City serves up a Muffaletta that is quite tasty.
    http://www.artisancheesegallery.com

    1. You can buy olive relish for Muffalettas at Claro's Italian Market in San Gabriel. They also have the appropriate cold cuts for one-stop shopping.

      http://www.claros.com/

      As for the sandwhich itself, they serve muffalettas at the Gumbo Pot at the Farmer's Market on Fairfax.

      http://www.thegumbopotla.com/index1.html

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      1. re: DanaB

        Does Claro's Italian Market have the right rolls? Right rolls as in good for this type of sandwich, I'm not looking for a copy of what is served at Central or my fave, Progress Grocery on Decatur St. That's been my stumbling block to a good muffaletta at home.

        Also while I may be in the minority here, I've liked The Gumbo Pot for a long time, there is a problem with their muffalettas. They make a good version in the morning which is wrapped in plastic wrap and tossed in the refrigerator. It's all downhill from there, the roll absorbs too much oil from the olive salad and after a while in the fridge is no longer fresh. When you order your 1/2 or whole muff. they nuke it which makes the roll even worse, as in rubbery. My strategy is to buy it early and not let them nuke it. If it is cold from the fridge, let it come to room temp before consuming, which is ok if you're taking it home or back to the office but a pain if you're hungry and want to eat it like now.

        1. re: sel

          I have not been successful in finding exactly the right bread to make muffelettas, but Claro's has a decent substitute in round Italian loaves.

      2. I believe the Cheese Store of Silverlake sells the prepared spread, good provolone, ham, salami and everything else you need to make a decent muffaletta, including the rolls.

        1. Santa Barbara Olive Co., which sells bottled olives in regular grocery stores, has a muffaletta olive relish that isn't bad in a pinch.

            1. Sorrnetos has a olive salad almost as good as Central Grocery, it is hidden in the corner, across from the register against the wall. It says spicy, but it is on par with central Grocery. It is under the AV label, Albert Vera the owner of Sorrentos, he has a ranch/farm in the central coast. they might even have the bread, I usually use the rolls from Bay Cities. Ever since Sarno's Bakery closed, they had a great bread, very similar to Central's, plus I could get a dozen fresh cannolis also. You could also order the Olive salad from Central, get the 4 pack and have them ship UPS ground, it is the cheapest way. If I where you, I would Call Central, order the salad, go to Claros, get the cold cuts and cheese, head over to Bay Cities for the bread, go home and make the sandwiches, wait about 4 hours for the flavors to blend, pop some Abita beer and manga, Manga. You would think I have done this a time or two!

              1. You could also go to GumboPages.com, they have pretty close recipe for the Olive salad. Then go to Claro's and Bay Cities. Enjoy!

                1. I just saw some olive salad for muffeletas, which looked housemade, at the Cheesestore of Silverlake.

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                  1. re: chez cherie

                    Unless something has changed, I am pretty sure that the Silverlake folks buy their olive salad from the same place as the Beverly Hills Cheese Store. It's made by an old lady in New Orleans.

                    1. re: glutton

                      old lady? Perhaps made at midnight while her lanterns burn olive oil ? haven't seen that available even IN New Orleans. Pretty mysterious.

                      1. re: Hungry4Good

                        Call Central Grocery on Decatur in New Orleans. They pack to ship, and will probably ship one out to you. Lot's of folks around the country try to imitate, but there is nothing like the real thing.

                        But if you want to try, this is how it is done. Made with green and black chopped olives, marinated with carrots, garlic, and sweet peppers - lots of extra virgin olive oil is the olive salad. Don't be shy with it but, it goes on last. On a doughy Italian round loaf stack two layers each of ham, mortadella, provolone, salami, and swiss cheese. Some folks like to heat it up to melt the cheese, but I like the traditional method "unheated". Yum!

                  2. My favorite local muffaletta has been the Gumbo Pot at Farmers' Market.

                    I think I've seen chopped olive relish at the Monte Carlo market in Burbank, but it's been a while -- call first if it's out of your way. Also, there are several gourmet shops at the Farmers' Market such as Mr. Marcel that might carry it. And I'd be very surprised if you can't find it at Surfas in Culver City.

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                    Surfas Restaurant & Supply
                    8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                    Gumbo Pot
                    6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    Farmers Market
                    6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
                    3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                    1. From my perspective, the problem isn't so much the olive salad--you CAN find good olive salads around town (Bristol Farms is another place besides those mentioned so far--as it is the bread. I've never seen bread here that matches the standard round New Orleans muffaletta loaf. IMHO the Gumbo Pot muffaletta is truly inferior.

                      (The other problem is that although my wife is the New Orleans native in our family, she just *hates* olives, and I haven't converted my son yet, so I am always on my own when looking for a muffaletta anyway.)

                      1. I know there's one on the menu at Joan's On Third. Haven't tried it though, so can't vouch for quality or authenticity.

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                        Joan's On Third
                        8436 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        1. The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills sells muffaletta that is wonderful!

                          1. if you want to make the trek there is a place downtown called Mendocino Farms that sells a version of a muffalata, the olive-pepper relish is kind of addicting.

                            mendocinofarms.com