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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:


    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

            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.

                2. Try the homemade sausage at Victors meat market on Palms / National just W. of the 10fwy underpass. It is very cleanly and simply spiced with fennel like what my Italian grandfather cooked when I was a kid in Boston. Much better than Whole Foods and other grocery store sausage. I haven't tried the Bay Cities one. I tried making my own for while, then realized I could just buy it there for less money & effort. You usually have to buy it from their freezer since they don't seem to make it every day / week.

                  1. European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen
                    9109 W Olympic Blvd
                    Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3507
                    Phone: (310) 276-1331

                    1. Ya...The Eurpoean Delux Sausage Kitchen on Olympic and Doheny. Old school home made in a large variety of flavor choices. Plus a nice small market with specialty items.


                      1. How about Claro's Italian Deli in San Gabriel on Valley?

                        1. I sound like a broken record, perhaps, but Bob at Alexander's Meats, in the Howie's in San Gabriel, makes tremendously good Italian sausage, both sweet and hot. The sausages at Roma Deli in Pasadena are great cooking sausages, although perhaps less successful enjoyed by themselves. The sausages at Claro's aren't bad. Nothing here is quite up to my very favorite sausages, at Filli. Ansuini in Norcia, the sausage capital of the western world, but they'll do.

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                          1. re: condiment

                            I second the recommendation for Alexander's Meats. Bob makes a whole variety of fresh sausages -- not only sweet and hot Italian sausage but also chorizo, breakfast sausage, English bangers, and other varieties. And no nitrates or nitrites. Alexander's is located inside Howie's market, on San Gabriel Ave. a few blocks south of Huntington Drive.

                          2. Domingo's Italian Deli in Encino on Ventura Bl. used to have wonderful Italian sausage. I have not bought it in many years but have great memories of it.

                            1. Marconda's Meat Market at the Farmes Market has excellent bulk Italian sausage, both hot and mild, for $1.99 a pound. The links are a little bit more. Just excellent.

                              1. With deference to all our friends who have previously responded, I'll give you an answer from a former chef who is now just a foodie who loves a lot of traditional security items like Italian Sausage for making great dishes. The Westside today is very bad, with the Maestro product offered at some places like Bay Cities. I should disclose that I live near and shop at Bay Cities regularly. Maestro sausage is pretty flat in seasoning/flavor and has too little fat to use it on a grill, where a lot of great IS recipes begin! I did go to the Fairfax Farmer's Market today and purchased both from the recommended butcher below (Marcondas) and also Huntington Meat Market on the east end of the property. I have tried both and have to say that the Huntington Hot Italian Sausage is excellent and worth the drive, while I could get something I believe is comparable to the Maracondas sausage at Whole Foods/Ralphs/etc. My one regret about the drive was that I did not buy any of the Huntington Sicilian Sausage displayed- but I will try that soon and once again revive this highly valuable thread!

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                                1. re: CraneJackson

                                  Sicialian is a go to for me there and while you're at it, a few ribeyes.

                                  1. re: CraneJackson

                                    If you are ever in the South Bay, check out South Shores Meat Shop in San Pedro some time. San Pedro has a large Italian and Croatian community and the Italian sausage and cevapcici there are fantastic

                                    1. re: CraneJackson

                                      I guess resurrecting a 7 year old topic is okay if the info is still good.

                                      I'll stick with Sabatino's Lido Shipyard Sausage Co in Newport Beach :)