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Oct 26, 2001 01:31 AM

Bay Cities

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Okay, I have to confess a couple of things, mostly to julia, the Bay Cities putter-forwarder-thingee.

I love Italian markets. I'm from New Jersey, home of more Italian people per square foot than anywhere save Italy. I love being able to buy things that I can't find elsewhere, especially San Marzano tomatoes for cheap.

Their water mozzarella (who calls it that?! it's FRESH mozzarella) is excellent... and it's very close, walking distance from me, which is a BIG plus, especially for my annual Italian dinner for the Feast of San Gennaro.

But that appy counter is just HEINOUS. It's always got at least a twenty-minute wait, and things that could be self-serve (I mean, come on... have an olive bar, put the pignoli in a jar) aren't. People ordering sandwiches clog up the works for those of us who just want some pancetta or prosciutto.

The quality is usually OK, but to be honest, I'd rather go to Claro's in San Gabriel if I had the time. Their food and selection are better. That said, I spend an AWFUL lot of money in Bay Cities, and it is wonderful... but that appy counter has GOT to be revamped.

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  1. What time's a good time to go there when you don't have to wait?

    6 Replies
    1. re: 2chez mike

      I have yet to find one. Yesterday (Sunday) at 2:30 pm it was packed. I always just factor in a 15-20 minute wait every time.

      1. re: cagey

        One of my friends who is a frequent patron tells me that even when she faxes in an order in advance, she has to wait because they so often screw it up.

        Does anyone have an opinion on the Italian Deli in Culver City, I think it's called Sorrentos? (on Sepulveda)

        1. re: Muhlyssa
          Quixote in S.M.

          Sorrento's is an awful place. Overpriced goods, and sandwiches that are pedestrian at best. To be avoided.

          1. re: Quixote in S.M.

            I think Sorrento's is good for the smell. I LOVE the smell and how clausterphobically crowded with stuff it is, but am somehow usually disappointed in the sandwiches.

      2. re: 2chez mike
        Quixote in S.M.

        To avoid Bay Cities crowds, I find that if I go between 10-11a on a weekday there are very few people (3 or 4 others max) at the sandwich counter. Buy your sandwich and other goodies early, then wait to get hungry.

        On weekends, the earlier the better - certainly before 10a if you can manage it.

        Been going there for sandwiches since I was in high school (20 years ago!) and I love the place. Best fresh bread in town.

        1. re: Quixote in S.M.

          Totally agree....

          It's imperative that you go before the lunch crowd starts streaming in at 11:30. Don't go too early or you'll have to wait for the bread to come out of the oven!

          Weekends are hopeless... don't even try when you're pressed for time.

      3. A little off-topic, but I haven't heard of
        Claro's before and I'm wondering what is
        good there. I happen to live closer to Claro's
        than Bay Cities, so I'm curious. Any suggestions?