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Does Bay Cities Italian Deli have fresh pizza dough?

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yum Feb 4, 2008 09:31 PM

If so, is it any good?? Need some good ingredients for my home made pizza day coming up and thought bay cities might have pretty good ingredients. If they have pizza dough, it will be even better. I do live near Pasadena so I can also go to Claro's, but I have gotten their dough before and thought I'd try something new.
I'm thinking of going to Surfas also so maybe they have some there too.

If anyone else has recommendations for good fresh pizza dough and how to handle them (should I cut them and roll them into balls, lay out to room temp. etc etc) please let me know.
Thanks all!

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  1. wutzizname RE: yum Feb 4, 2008 09:58 PM

    Not sure about Bay Cities. I know Surfa's does, although I'm pretty sure it's frozen.

    Probably farther than you want to drive but A-1 in San Pedro has excellent fresh dough, along with L.A.'s best Italian deli and market all around.

    Also, for what it's worth, I've found that most pizzeria's will sell you fresh dough for next to nothing. You just have to ask nicely.

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      whatsfordinner RE: yum Feb 5, 2008 06:08 AM

      I'm not sure if Bay Cities has fresh pizza dough; I know they have frozen - both domestic and imported. I've tried both and liked the imported better.

      I've seen fresh pizza dough at Trader Joe's in Santa Monica and have heard it's really good, but I haven't tried it.

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        Diana RE: whatsfordinner Feb 5, 2008 06:48 AM

        I use the TJ's pizza dough, just the regular $1.00 bag. It's is really great stuff, especially on a pizza stone. One bag will make about two medium pizzas. A hint I got on Chowhound was to leave it out of the firdge for a hour before baking. Roll it a little, stretch it a little (not too much, don't want to overactivate those glutens, top it, bake it per instructions-KAPOW! Great pizza.

        I like to experiment. Olive oil, garlic, feta and sun dried tomatoes. No sauce, acorn squash, red onion and gorgonzola. Shrimp, artichoke hearts, feta and onion. Eggplant, crookneck squash, buffala marinara and garlic. Hummous, roasted red peppers and pine nuts. Rosemary roasted portatoes, garlic, crakced balck pepper, roquefort and chicken.

        Have fun!

        TJ's dough also freezes and thaws well.

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          Renault78law RE: whatsfordinner Feb 5, 2008 08:22 AM

          I'm a fan of the TJ's dough as well.

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            Jase RE: Renault78law Feb 5, 2008 08:42 AM

            The only caveat with TJ's is make sure there's enough turnover. Occassionally you'll run into a batch that isn't as fresh. Otherwise, great value.

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              wutzizname RE: Jase Feb 5, 2008 09:29 AM

              Maybe that's what happened to me. I found TJ's to be usable but not too great. Much preferred Surfa's frozen and of course A-1's.

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                Diana RE: wutzizname Feb 5, 2008 11:06 AM

                wutz: how much does Surfas cost per lump?

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                  wutzizname RE: Diana Feb 5, 2008 11:37 AM

                  Don't remember exactly, but I know it was cheap. Like 2 bucks, give or take.

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          Diana RE: yum Feb 5, 2008 11:07 AM

          Actually, If you ask and pay for it, most pizza places will give you a ball of Fresh Dough. I have also had it from Gelson's "Wolfgang Puck" stall, and one Whole Foods.

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            bern1 RE: yum Feb 5, 2008 11:11 AM

            Yes, Bay Cities has premade pizza dough sold in the freezers just past the cheese counter. They also have frozen dough pre-rolled into the pizza shape. I have used this dough at home with excellent results... on a high light the dough turned a golden brown! Leave the dough at room temp for ~3 hours before you roll it (have flour around to help this). Rolling cold dough is not a good idea as its too elastic.

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              yum RE: yum Feb 5, 2008 07:43 PM

              THANKS for all the info!

              1. DoctorQuality RE: yum Feb 5, 2008 09:35 PM

                Make it yourself, it's not rocket science. flour, yeast, water and salt. you'll be amazed at how much tastier it is than most pizza places

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                  cimero RE: yum Feb 6, 2008 09:25 AM

                  I just used the Trader Joe whole wheat pizza dough on Sunday and it was fantastic (the whole wheat was my excuse for splurging my calories on it). I rolled and stretched it after coating a board and rolling pin with whole wheat flour. One batch just about filled a square jelly roll pan (not quite to all the edges, but close enough and with a thin crust) then I drizzled with a good olive oil, baked it 5 or so minutes and then added two containers of Trader Joe sun dried tomato pesto sprinkled with fresh grated parmesian cheese. It made a fantastic sort of "rustico" pizza! (and add to that a package of Trader Joe Buffalo wings with their blue cheese dressing and I had one fantastic little Super Bowl spread!)

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