I'm on my way to Los Angeles to visit an ex-Brooklynite. I asked her if I can bring anything, suggesting bagels. She said, no, she can find half-decent bagels, but I should bring some good, crumbly, oily, stinky provelone. I am happy to oblige, but I can't believe there's no good imported provelone anywhere in L.A. Is this true, Chowhounds? Am I doomed to be sender of stinky care packages? Or does anyone know where the stuff can be bought out there? Thanks.
There is provelone at all the usual Italian delis--Bay Cities in Santa Monica, Roma in Pasadena, Claro's in San Gabriel and Covina (who age it), as well as at the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop--but it's overwhelmingly the mediocre Auricchio brand, and indeed seems less wonderful than it might be. As a side note: the bagels at Brooklyn Bagel on Beverly at Alvarado are actually better than anything you can get in NY right now.