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ISO Great fresh Italian sausage in L.A. area

From downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, is there a butcher that sells great fresh Italian sausage?

I made a kale and sausage pasta yesterday and bought my sausage from Bob's in Santa Monica. It's a step up from Bay Cities and grocery store sausage but in a different league from the fennel sausage at Mozza.

Has anyone found a fresh Italian sausage purveyor that makes a product that approaches that which Mozza serves?

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  1. An old, but still valid, thread on the same subject:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350427

    1. Well, it's certainly not Whole Foods. It's funny, I was trying to make Mozza-style pasta last night too and grabbed the Italian sausage from the case at Whole Foods (the prepackaged one -- they only had spicy in the bulk stuff in the butcher case, which didn't seem like it would be right for the dish).
      It didn't have much meaty flavor and hardly gave off any fat, which was probably healthier but didn't really work in the dish.
      I've always liked the sausage at Monte Carlo Market in Burbank, when I'm in the neighborhood.

      1. I know it is out of you area, but Cavaretta's Italian Deli is well worth the drve for the sausage. They have hot and mild. Go with hot. Amazing. Get a box and freeze what you don't use.

        1. What's the name of that Italian deli way up there on Lake on the north side of the freeway in Pasadena?

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              I think you are thinking of
              Roma Italian Deli & Grocery
              918 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
              626-797-7748

            2. I have yet to find a good italian sausage here like I used to get in the Italian markets in NJ. The grind is off and most seem to have not enough fat, and the seasoning isn't quite right right. Never tried, Bob's, Monte Carlo or Bay Cities, though.

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              1. re: 2chez mike

                You need to make a pilgrimage to Orange County, then, and go to Sabatino's Sausage Company (formerly Lido Shipyard Sausage Company) in Newport Beach. Far and away the best Italian sausage in, well, all of SoCal, and the best I've had since I left Jersey in 1994.

                If Lido Isle is a bit too far for you, Monte Carlo Delicatessen in Burbank has sausage that works for me. When I lived in the Valley it was my go-to place for sausage, but now that I live in OC... ahhhhh, Sabatino's.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Yep, Sabatino's is the answer...great place for a lunch, brunch or dinner, but the star is the sausage...load up on it and get some bread as well.

                  What is most interesting is that this is a descendant of the Sabatino's Restaurant in Chicago (still thriving), but the sausage is exclusive to the SoCal location. Even stranger because Chicago is well-known for their great italian sausage.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Sabatino's is great, but it's worth noting that it's a different kind of sausage than the OP might be expecting. It contains cheese. Really delicious in its own way, but I think it's a family or regional recipe.