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New to the Bay Area, looking for good Italian Importer

BigE1967 Dec 24, 2008 07:17 AM

I recently moved to Napa from the Los Angeles area. I was used to getting my essential Italian food supplies from Guidi Marcello's in Santa Monica. I was hoping someone could recommend a good place to pick up Spinosi pasta, Star mushroom bullion cubes, high-quality aged parmesan, imported olive oil, Balsamusse, Parma, etc all in one spot at reasonable (not AG Ferrari) prices. Any suggestions?

  1. BernalKC Mar 26, 2009 12:30 PM

    Since we've broadened the search from Napa to include SF sources, I'm kinda surprised noone has mentioned Molinari's. I live a lot closer to Lucca's so I basically never go to Molinari's and have no idea if they have what you are looking for. But it is definitely old-school North Beach and worth checking out.

    Molinari Delicatessen
    373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: BernalKC
      Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2009 12:36 PM

      Molinari's is fine but has a smaller selection than Lucca Ravioli.

    2. Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2009 11:43 AM

      Second on Lucca Ravioli.

      Zarri's in Albany doesn't have a huge selection, but the prices are great.

      I don't know of any great one-stop Italian shop.

      Zarri's Delicatessen
      1244 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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        sonomajom Mar 25, 2009 07:22 PM

        Try Lucca's in San Francisco - either on Chestnut St or their other store on Mission

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        1. re: sonomajom
          Husky Mar 25, 2009 07:40 PM

          Lucca on Chestnut and Valencia are not related. Lucca on Valencia is appreciably less expensive than Lucca on Chestnut and carries a much broader selection of Italian staples...and they have a free parking lot.

          Lucca Ravioli
          1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          italiangarrone Mar 25, 2009 06:59 PM

          Far West Fungi in the San Francisco Ferry Building just started to sell the Star mushroom bullion cubes. The building has some great products.

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            gordon wing Dec 24, 2008 07:54 AM

            Genova Delicatessen is an old fashioned kind of place ..... worth stopping by. Here's a link to a discussion about that very subject with several other names as well.......

            1. wolfe Dec 24, 2008 07:35 AM

              Try Dean and Deluca in St. Helena. I'm sure they can beat AG Ferrari prices.

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