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Where can I get a good loaf of ciabatta bread?

Meals Nov 1, 2007 06:48 PM

I just moved to LA, and I have had the hardest time finding a good loaf. Any suggestions?

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    lilygirl Jan 29, 2008 07:01 AM


    1. notmartha Jan 28, 2008 08:10 PM

      If there's a Fresh & Easy near you, try their ciabatta. They are good - chewy outside, softer within. Think they are underbaked so you crisp it up at home. TJ's pretty decent too.

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        DMojoD Jan 28, 2008 10:02 AM

        La Brea Bakery! On La Brea near Wilshire. Or, you can find their breads at many supermarkets such as Whole Foods, some Trader Joe's, some Ralphs, some Gelson's, and even Costco.

        1. Rachel529 Jan 28, 2008 07:43 AM

          I've never tasted it myself but I know Whole Foods bakes ciabatta breads loafs every morning. I know their sourdough breads taste delicious.

          1. yogagals Jan 28, 2008 07:12 AM

            have you been to Panera? They're located all over the place and have fresh baked bread every day. You can find a location near you: http://www.panerabread.com/

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            1. re: yogagals
              Das Ubergeek Jan 28, 2008 08:48 AM

              Panera only seem to make ciabatta rolls, not full-size ciabatte, and while they're OK they're certainly nothing special.

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              PayOrPlay Jan 27, 2008 09:03 PM

              In terms of price to quality, I tend to think best deal I've found so far is the Gelson's house brand ciabatta--a rather large loaf for about $2.50. It's good enough that it's become our "regular" fresh bread (although we do splurge on other breads as well.) If possible, buy one right out of the oven, with a nice crunchy crust and soft tasty interior; get it right at the cheese/bread counter rather than one that's been sitting on the shelf for a while. (And plase note I'm talking about the Gelson's house brand, not Victor Benes or any of the other branded breads at Gelson's.)

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              1. re: PayOrPlay
                Diana Jan 28, 2008 05:47 AM

                Not all Gelson's have a Cheee/Bread counter. I think the Century City or Marina Del Mar one, and maybe Pasadena.

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                Jase Nov 2, 2007 11:50 AM

                Mar Vista Sunday Farmer's market has a French bakery which has pretty decent breads. We like their ciabbata rolls, haven't tried the loaf.

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                  Oh Robin Nov 2, 2007 11:43 AM

                  Ralph's carries an artisan line, "Grace" or something like that, great ciabatta.

                  1. Das Ubergeek Nov 2, 2007 06:38 AM

                    Monte Carlo Delicatessen in Burbank. Any branch of Claro's. Cortina's in Anaheim.

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                      RicRios Nov 1, 2007 09:42 PM

                      Drago's Dolce Forno: http://www.dolcefornobakery.com

                      1. Foodandwine Nov 1, 2007 06:56 PM

                        I like the Ciabatta bread from Il Fornaio, the have a bread shop in the Manhattan Beach location, not sure about the others. Pop it in the oven for a few minutes and ready to go..

                        Il Fornaio
                        1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                        Il Fornaio
                        1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                        Il Fornaio
                        301 N.Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                        1. re: Foodandwine
                          ebethsdad Nov 2, 2007 07:45 AM

                          Trader Joes carries parbaked ciabatta. I believe it is from Il Fornaio - at least it used to be. While it isn't going to blow you away it is more than adequate, and very reasonably priced.

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