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ISO Great fresh Italian sausage in L.A. area

Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 09:09 AM

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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    RicRios RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 09:30 AM

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


    1. Chowpatty RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 09:42 AM

      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.

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        PaulyWally RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 10:05 AM

        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. SauceSupreme RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 10:23 AM

          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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            sueshungry RE: SauceSupreme Oct 8, 2007 11:37 AM

            Are you thinking of Porta Via?

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              LisaN RE: SauceSupreme Oct 9, 2007 09:36 AM

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

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                SauceSupreme RE: LisaN Oct 9, 2007 10:25 AM

                That's the one. Thanks, Lisa.

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              2chez mike RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 12:31 PM

              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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                Das Ubergeek RE: 2chez mike Oct 9, 2007 08:31 AM

                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.

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                  RSMBob RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 9, 2007 09:47 AM

                  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.

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                    Cicely RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 18, 2007 12:30 PM

                    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.

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                  ktm RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 12:44 PM

                  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. Servorg RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 12:52 PM

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

                    1. ashlee RE: Wolfgang Oct 8, 2007 12:52 PM

                      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. Skunk2Racer RE: Wolfgang Oct 9, 2007 04:22 PM

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

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                          condiment RE: Wolfgang Oct 9, 2007 05:37 PM

                          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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                            Hailyn RE: condiment Oct 9, 2007 09:16 PM

                            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.

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                            tartufo RE: Wolfgang Oct 9, 2007 05:44 PM

                            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.

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                              Paliman RE: Wolfgang Oct 9, 2007 05:54 PM

                              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.

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