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Jul 31, 2008 12:04 AM

Claro Market Rec's?

When I drop by Claro Market in Tustin, I go there to buy some pancetta or prosuitto. And, every so often, since I'm already there, I'll get a sandwich as well.

But, I'm wondering what else Claro Market sells that a chowhound should buy or try?

How well edited are the selections? I'm not familiar with a lot of the brands they carry. If CM carries it, does it mean that item is good or is it buyer be beware?

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  1. The brands they carry are a bit off of the mainstream but it is pretty good. Theres one in Arcadia as well... a teacher at my school says thats his family business... being a Claro of course

    1. if they have roasted pork on their hot bar, get 'em. but try their alpino salami, made with prosciutto, very lean and delicious.

      1. Their pizza dough is quite good; the breads are wonderful. They carry mascarpone at the cheapest prices I've seen retail in LA. If they have bresaola (dried beef), get some, but ask them to cut it as thinly as they can, then dress it with lemon juice, olive oil and Parmigiano.

        Their frozen sfogliatelle are pretty decent but you need to get someone besides the kids to tell you how to handle it when you get home; the hot bar is very tasty.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Sweet Italian Sausage!! My husband's Grandfather, (Very Italian, he worked in a "maccaroni" factory his whole life) from CT would cart back 5 lb bags becuase it was better than anything he could find on the east coast. They freeze really well...if you can keep your mits off of them. Also the cheese and parsley sausage, (spiral shape) is wonderful, simply grilled, pan fried and stuffed in a hot dog buns or fried and mixed in to scrambled eggs.

          1. re: bubbles4me

            Oh my yes!! The sausage in wonderful. This is the sausage we use in our sauces. When it comes time to grilling Italian sausage the it is Sabatino's all the way.

            1. re: cdmedici

              If you're ever in the northern end of Pasadena, and have a cooler with you (doesn't everybody?), do stop in at the Roma Market (NE corner N. Lake and Mountain, next light up from Orange Grove) and get some of theirs. The little short chunky guy has been making it for over fifty years, and he has it pretty well figured out by now. At least I like it about a notch better than Claro's, and it's a bit cheaper. Get some of his melt-in-your-mouth imported mortadella, too.

              1. re: Will Owen

                Both pancetta and proscuitto are better at Roma Market as well.

                I do like Claro's sausages better. I also like their sugar free pine nut cookies.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  I heard that the owner/short guy at the counter passed away. I haven't been at Roma in awhile. Love their proscuitto! Does anyone have the scoop?

                  1. re: SGV Gal

                    Ross is at Roma. He hasn't been well,and he's in his '80s I think, but he's still at the store 14 hours a day, still plumping for the Sicilian pecorino. The sausages are as grand as ever. When you're paying for your purchases, don't forget to get some of the basil hidden under the counter by the cash register. It is even more fragrant than the best stuff at the farmers markets.

                2. re: cdmedici

                  You're saying (I assume) that Sabatino's sausages are better than Claro's?

                  1. re: josephnl

                    That would be a true statement. Not that Claro's sausages are at all bad, but... ohhhh... Sabatino's... on a wood fire.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Have you tried the Lake Forest Sabatino's?

            2. The pizelles, esp. when they are baked fresh.

              1. I used to go to the one on Whittier Blvd to buy cracked wheat to make bulgar pilaf or tabouleh.