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kaveh Aug 15, 2007 02:48 PM

Does anyone know where i can get good ciabatta bread in bulk for a restaurant? I've been looking all thru LA with no luck.

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    kaveh Aug 22, 2007 12:11 AM

    Thank you all for your responses. It seems I still have a lot of research/eating I have to do.

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    1. re: kaveh
      monku Aug 22, 2007 06:13 PM

      Kidding aside...check out Jack in the Box, they got those ciabatta burgers and the bread is pretty good.

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      arkestra Aug 16, 2007 06:42 AM

      just adding to the list -- celestino drago's bakery:


      1. ipsedixit Aug 15, 2007 10:18 PM

        If some of the brand names that others have suggested (e.g., La Brea, Bread Bar, etc.) are too pricey, try Sysco.


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        1. re: ipsedixit
          Woolsey Aug 16, 2007 07:03 AM

          Yeah, that's the kind of place from which most restaurant owners would be getting their bread. They provide to a whole lot of institutional vendors and restaurants.

        2. Woolsey Aug 15, 2007 10:04 PM

          I assume that buying in bulk for a restaurant means you are entitled to buy wholesale.

          La Brea Bakery supplies a lot of restaurants in the city, including Lucques and, of course, Campanile and Mozza. You should be able to contact them and buy wholesale. I used to drive past the corporate bakery on Washington everyday, in fact. The numbers can be found here:


          Breadbar bakes the famous rolls for Hatfield's, and they make a wide variety of artisanal breads. You can find the wholesale number for them at the bottom left-hand side of the homepage:


          Il Fornaio also sells its baked goods wholesale:


          These are just the most famous, brand-name bakeries. Doing a little legwork and searching on "bakery," "wholesale," and perhaps even throwing the word "Italian" in there, calling up and asking if they offer ciabatta, will likely turn up a lower price than those three well-known premium brands if you're starting up a restaurant. Of course, on the other, their quality is fairly established. So there you have it.

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            gossamered Aug 15, 2007 08:40 PM

            Try Bread Bar.

            1. DiveFan Aug 15, 2007 07:10 PM

              The Costcos near me do Not carry Il Fornaio, darn it. Their ciabatta, when available, is the La Brea pre-bake. YMMV.
              As suggested by their website, you might want to call your local Il Fornaio branch:
              Good luck, and keep us posted!

              1. Bob Brooks Aug 15, 2007 03:07 PM

                Costco carries ciabatta from Il Fornaio.

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                1. re: Bob Brooks
                  monku Aug 15, 2007 03:30 PM

                  I thought their ciabatta was La Brea Bakery (which they bake in house).

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