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Is it's possible to buy a starter in the Los Angeles area? My purpose is to make pizza, so I am looking for a sourdough starter with Italian origin. I know of websites where I can buy it online, but I am too impatient and want to be able to walk into a store and buy it. Thanks.

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  1. You should probably call ahead to confirm, but im pretty sure i saw sourdough starter at Surfas in Culver City.

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    1. re: carln

      Yeah, I'd imagine Surfa's is a best bet. I made my own when I first moved to San Francisco and kept it living in my fridge for about 6 or 7 years. I know they get better and better with age so I understand your not wanting to just start a new one, but I'm curious about the Italian origin idea, and what you expect that to bring?

    2. Go to Mozza, sit at the counter. Save one piece of pizza to bring home. After they bring you the box ask the guy stretching the dough for one. It worked for me.
      Mrs Siverton's pizza dough is from her original 30+ year old starter.

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      1. re: Davebr

        and/or are they selling dough at the new 2go? Anyone know?

        1. re: wutzizname

          I didn't see any on opening day - at least not on the menu or in the case.

          1. re: cinzia

            you can get this starter for FREE by mailing a self addressed stamped envelope

            http://home.att.net/~carlsfriends/

            i sent away for it and it came in about two weeks. it's very active and has a great flavor. you really need to start with a very active starter rather than trying to make your own. once it's active, put it into a container in the fridge and feed it every month. i've used this sourdough starter to make pizza and boy is it good. a helpful hint, an overnight rise works well and what you don't use you can put into the fridge to mature and add flavor for a week. i made some pizza in the style of the cheeseboard pizza in berkeley and it turned out great.

            hope this helps,

            the F-man

        2. re: Davebr

          You are my Wednesday hero.

        3. Folks, please help keep this discussion focused on where to get starter in LA. Baking advice is welcome on the Home Cooking board, where many of our cooks hang out.