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Italian bakeries in southern california?

madona Jul 17, 2008 11:32 PM

I'm a guinea from Queens, NY that recently moved to Los Angeles County and I desparately need to find an authentic, family owned and run Italian bakery (cookies, cakes, pasteries, etc.) where all of the baking is done on the premises. Please, can anyone help me??!!

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    Burger Boy Jul 18, 2008 06:36 AM

    Okay my greaseball friend, I can say that cause I am italian.

    Eagle Rock Italian Bakery
    There is a place in Northridge area, someone will chime in on it
    Claros is great, they do not make their cookies but they carry everything

    also do a search of the board

    Eagle Rock Italian Bakery
    1726 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Claro's Italian Market
    1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

    Nicolosi Bakery
    17540 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA

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    1. re: Burger Boy
      whospizza Mar 6, 2009 11:27 PM

      claros does make their cookies. they make them in bulk at the san gabriel location and send them to all the other locations.

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      calpurnia Jul 18, 2008 06:57 AM

      I like the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery

      Eagle Rock Italian Bakery
      1726 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: calpurnia
        liu Jul 18, 2008 07:15 AM

        I'm another Eagle Rock Italian Bakery lover!
        They have little fig "cookies" with chocolate chips in them...really good and quite addictive!

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          liu Jan 3, 2009 09:04 PM

          Today Eagle Rock Italian Bakery sold us some of these fig cookies with chocolate chips that had just come out of the oven. I have never enjoyed a cookie so much! They are tiny, but time slowed as I savored this little morsel. The chips had melted into the fig mixture and the filling was almost liquid.

      2. Das Ubergeek Jul 18, 2008 08:47 AM

        I'm a half-guinea from New Jersey. Your options are Eagle Rock Italian Bakery or Nicolosi. You can get Eagle Rock Italian Bakery goods at Monte Carlo Deli in Burbank and at Claro's (several locations).

        ERIB doesn't make sfogliatelle, sadly, or not very often -- however, Nicolosi does.

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          Burger Boy Jul 18, 2008 09:02 AM

          i have seen the sfogliatelle at ERIB, do not know if they make all the time. Boy do I miss Sarnos!

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            hobbess Aug 13, 2008 11:25 PM

            What does Eagle Rock Italian Bakery do that's really good?

          2. cant talk...eating Jul 18, 2008 12:36 PM

            Los Angeles County's a big place - like, eh, Connecticut or sometin. Whereabouts? Anyway, I'd put in a plug for Sorrento's on Sepulveda in Culver City. It's come up in threads past. The fresh bread is great, as are the cookies, fresh pasta. Not a big pastry selection, but the hot deli counter, the fresh produce (from the owner's family farm in the San Joaquin Valley) and all manner of imported stuff more than makes up for it.

            Sorrento Italian Market
            5518 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

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              Burger Boy Jul 18, 2008 01:28 PM

              I do not think Sorrento's bakes stuff there, I know they get many of their cookies and stuff from outside sources, that is straight from Albert's mouth. The used to have these amazing oversized ladyfingers and he told me the bakery stopped making them, but he was going to talk to them.

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                cant talk...eating Jul 19, 2008 10:56 AM

                Sorry about that - you're right. I realized this after I posted that that was a criterion of the OP

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                madona Jul 19, 2008 08:05 AM

                You're right, it is a big county. I live in Pomona. Anything close to me?

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                  Burger Boy Jul 19, 2008 09:00 AM

                  There are several Claros, one in Covina or West Covina and one in LaHabra, I even think there is one near Upland. Time to 411 it.

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                    OCAnn Jul 19, 2008 01:26 PM

                    Claro's LaHabra doesn't have an on-site bakery.

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                      Das Ubergeek Jul 20, 2008 08:17 PM

                      Most don't. Tustin doesn't either; they either import them or they're baked at the mothership.

                  2. re: madona
                    attran99 Jul 23, 2008 07:56 AM

                    Claro's is a good choice, however, there's a place called Old World Delicatessen (locations in West Covina and Upland). The baked goods section is not as expansive, but they do bake their own goods on site...yummy cannolis and cookies!

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                  Food Good Jul 19, 2008 05:38 PM

                  Well, Susina will have some of what your looking for. Great Italian cookies and specialties like St Honore cake.

                  The owner is from NJ - so not quite NY...:)

                  7122 Beverly Blvd

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                    HotBurritoNo2 Jul 21, 2008 04:27 PM

                    Welcome to the west coast! I recommend Villa Rosa Bakery in Arcadia, near Pasadena. I found them when buying cannoli for Easter -- the best ever, and I also lived in NY. The owner (really nice) is obsessed with traditional recipes. Everything’s handmade on-site, including Italian cookies. They sell mostly to LA restaurants and deli’s, but will take special orders if you call them.

                    Someone else recommended Susina, also truly wonderful, though maybe a little far from Pomona. I’d say Villa Rosa offers Susina’s same quality at San Gabriel Valley prices.

                    Villa Rosa Italian Bakery
                    38 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA

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                    1. re: HotBurritoNo2
                      liu Oct 9, 2008 04:35 PM

                      HotBurritoNo2 -- I could hear your enthusiasm for Villa Rosa Italian Bakery as I was reading your post! Having tried quite a few cannolis in LA, I knew there was room for yet one more! We stopped by this past weekend.

                      It was a Saturday and they were closed. However, owner Barbara was most gracious and opened her door. She invited me in with a "I'll make some fresh cannolis for you immediately!" Oh, MY! Am I dreaming?

                      You are exactly correct! Owner Barbara is really friendly and very passionate about her recipes. Her cannoli was different from any I had ever tasted because the wrap was crisp and cookie-like...but it was the ricotta mix inside that was most delicious!

                      She was also making Pizzeles and offered me some complimentary ones; while I am not a huge anise fan, I thought I would try one. These were addictive...nothing like the ones in the package on the market shelves. With every bite of these Pizzeles I could see the true skill and experience of Barbara, the baker. I took home a dozen and finished them quickly!

                      Her hours are limited at the moment; she did say, however, that she will be open more as we approach the holidays. Call ahead:

                      Villa Rosa Bakery
                      Ask for Barbara

                    2. George Aug 2, 2008 10:41 PM

                      This has been a long standing question for me. Since neither ERIB, Nicolosis, Claros are near me, it has taken me some years since moving to LA to get to any one of them. So I'm making a report now that I went to Eagle Rock Italian Bakery today. I'm Italian American. I'm from the Bronx originally. I've lived in Brooklyn, near Cobble Hill for years. So those are whatever my "creds." The cookies and the cannoli at ERIB rocked my world! They were SO MUCH BETTER than what I was buying in Brooklyn or Little Italy in Manhattan (with the exception of the sweet blood pudding one place in BK used to make around Easter). No syrup tastes--added almond syrups, etc. Not too sugary. Really home made tasting and just totally delicious. The pistachio cookie--better than a French financier. The cookie with pine nuts...outrageously good. It was all good. But I'm posting just to say: waah for me its a bit far away from home, but no more whining about my lost Brooklyn bakeries since this one in LA is BETTER.
                      Where's the Italian ice?

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                      1. re: George
                        Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2008 09:02 AM

                        At DiDio's on Montana and Euclid in Santa Monica, or at Joe's Italian Ice on Harbor south of Chapman in Garden Grove.

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                          George Aug 3, 2008 12:50 PM

                          As always, respekt! Thank you DU.

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                            George Aug 3, 2008 02:50 PM

                            Clarifying my post the morning after, especially for the NYC displaced. ERIB I'm comparing to the really good places left in Manhattan, like Veniero's in the East Village or Rocco's in the West. Those places obviously have some things "up" on ERIB: more variety of baked goods, always always sfolgiatelle, aragoste, and also ERIB did not have those ricotta cheese cakes that I adore with the cross on top: pasticiotti? But the cookies and biscotti were definitely better. The cannoli right up there if not better. And everything was better than what I used to get in Brooklyn places (mostly along Court Street).

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                          madona Mar 5, 2009 04:30 PM

                          I will try Eagle Rock. For me, the standard of all italian bakeries is the now retired "Baldi's" of Corona, Queens. After that, "Momma's" on 104th Street in Corona is also really good for the cannoli, sfogliatelli, and cookies. Thanks for the info.

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                          bsktsngrvy Aug 3, 2008 11:35 PM

                          I was in Bay Cities last weekend and they have the most fantastic Italian cookies now.
                          The baker was there giving samples away. They're not baked on premises, but they're REALLY good.

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                            Eileen Jan 3, 2009 05:14 PM

                            I don't think this is an Italian bakery-I think it is Cuban- but every time we go visit my son in Glendale, we go to Portos- for pastries and to eat breakfast. The place is amazing and if you need a decorated cake for a party- they do a wonderful job.

                            1. Foodandwine Mar 7, 2009 10:10 AM

                              FWIW.. I was at Bay Cities yesterday at around 11:00 a.m. they had an assembly line making mini canolis ( right near the hot counter ).. I asked for 1 and they put it in a little paper bag it was very good :) I noticed that they were loading them into plastic tubs to be placed in the cooler near the cash registers ( I would pass on those think they will get soggy later in the day ) so here is my tip for a satisfing cannoli at Bay Cities. Ask for a large ( near the hot counter ) on my last visit they hand filled mine to order asked if I wanted the added choclate chips and pistachios I said yes and I was a happy cannoli camper. I think .99 for the mini and 1.79 for the large. the shells were crisp and filling very very good. I ate many growing up back east so I think that I have a benchmark.. Bread is very good here too.. they have this loaf with tomato and basil I once ate half before I made it to the 10 FWY..

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