Italian Foods Market
Does anybody know if in the vast expanse of L.A. there's at least one really good Italian foods market, the kind that makes its own ricotta, etc., etc.
I don't know if they make their own ricotta, but Claro's on Valley in San Gabriel is one of the few places in town with chestnut flour for castagnaccio. For meats, Pinocchio/Monte Carlo on Burbank or Magnolia I forget in the city of Burbank is very good. Call Claro's and see if they make their own ricotta. If not, maybe they can direct you to a place that does (they're in the 626 area code).
Mario's on Broadway in Glendale (1 1/2 blocks east of Glendale on the South side of the street) is wonderful. I have not had their ricotta, but everything I buy at Mario's is excellent. Their deli meats are spicy and delicious (I bought a party tray of their deli meats this spring and my guests went nuts), I buy their pancetta all the time, they have many different homemade products such as lasagna and stuffed shells, a variety of spiced olives and antipastos, and a good assortment of cheeses.
My family has always gone to Domingos in Encino, near Tarzana. Great meat sauce, like my grandma makes. And right next door is Nicolosi, an italian bakery with some of the most authentic italian pastries I've seen other than new york. My friends haven't even heard of this stuff, they don't know what they're missing.