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Aug 13, 2008 10:45 AM

Italian Deli near Culver City?

Hi everyone. I'm looking for a place to get italian cold cuts, marinated mushrooms, roasted peppers... you know, all the usuals for noshing with wine. The closer to Culver City the better. If need be, I'll take the trip to Whole Foods, but I thought there might be something more interesting (and reasonably priced) in the area. Thanks!

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  1. Sorrento's

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

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      I am not sure what Sorrento's is, but it's hardly an Italian deli. It seems to more closely resemble the Russian "European Deli" on Santa Monica near Crescent heights. i.e. a bunch of dusty old random canned and packaged foods in a rundown store.

      1. re: cls

        Based on its offerings in the hot sandwich category below I would say that calling it an Italian Deli is not going to get anyone in hot water here:

        Beef & Peppers
        Veal Parmigiana

      2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Skip Sorrento and go to Bay Cities in Santa Monica. The drive is well worth the effort. Sorrento is ok, but I have never been back once I discovered Bay Cities!

      3. Sorrento's on Sepulveda between Jefferson and Sawtelle.

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        1. re: wykkedwilly

          Lightning fast response! Thank you both, I look forward to checking it out!

        2. i wasnt too impressed by the sandwiches there though. dont get your hopes up. drive to bay cities or the deli on larchmont for sandwiches.

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          1. re: feedthebelly

            Agreed. I was not very impressed with the selection of items or the quality of the stuff I've had from there. Its the only Italian deli I know of in the Culver City area but I would drive to Bay Cities or Guido Marcello.

            1. re: js76wisco

              I would agree it is not Bay Cities but once you get over that it's fine. Dommy was surprised the other day at how flavorful the fresh Italian sausages I got from there were. We also picked up Mushrooms and Olives which were quite tasty. And Albert seems to have fresh local produce on the counter plus the bread he uses it excellent. I will say though I wasn't impressed with their hot Sandwiches but the cold cut ones are decent. He sold me a 5# bag of Semolina for $6 which is less than half what Surfas charges and I like the pasta I make from it.

              Yes, there are better Places. Yes, you must check the Expiration date of some of the things on the shelves. But I can Bike or Walk here which means a lot and it reminds me of some of the places I went to as a kid which means even more.

              Take Care

              - P.

          2. Victor Jr's in Culver City is not a full Italian deli but they do offer some Italian sandwiches which I thought were Bay Cities-lite. Not as good as Bay Cities but for a close by option. Not bad.

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            1. re: tdo

              As I've posted before, I am a big fan of Victor Jr.'s, which is on the north side of Washington in Culver City across from the major studio. They are very friendly, the food is very fairly priced, and I've really liked their meatball sub, the eggplant parm, and the Italian salad. Their rolls are very different from Bay Cities' -- much softer, less crusty and chewy -- but still good. On nice afternoons or evenings their curbside patio tables are very comfortable. Note -- they are only open M-F, closed weekends.

              1. re: nosh

                I think this poster wants appetizers, you should try Surfas, they have olives, some selected cheeses and some bulk salamis, mushrooms and packaged things that are good for a picnic.

            2. I am reading some digs against Sorrento's in this thread. Grobson, sounds to me like it will fit your bill. Especially with the Culver City request and reasonably priced.. Albert ( former mayor of Culver City ) his wife Ursulla (sp) are very nice people ( owners ). Gosh I have been going here for more than 10 years now ( my office is at the Howard Hughes Center ) Yes the cans are dusty (very large selection of off the beaten path canned goods ) great sliced meats, sandwiches ( small cold for like $2.50 ), and none of the tude that you get at bay cities at a fraction of the cost.. Some cool Italian wines too and check out the fresh Bakery products ( I have seen the Eagle Rock Bakery van there many times )

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              1. re: Foodandwine

                I'd like to second "Foodandwine's" post. I went into Sorrento's about a month ago (for the first time) to pick up a couple of sandwiches and the people there couldn't have been nicer. I was talking to the guy behind me and he'd been going there for 20 years. When I was paying for my sandwiches the guy at the register (owner?) said, "that's fine forget about the change." I was trying to pay with exact change and was digging around in my pockets for the coins to make the payment. At that it was only six or seven (I forget) bucks for two good sized sandwiches. You have to support good local places so they win a vote from me.

                1. re: Feed_me

                  Albert also carries a brand of canned tomatoes that some foodies are raving about called six in one or something akin to that. I've not had time to get over there to buy some, but they're not on the larger grocer's shelves.