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Mar 12, 2007 11:54 AM

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.

    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.

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

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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.