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Nov 1, 2009 10:44 AM

Are There ANY Good Italian Delis in the Valley?!

I moved to Studio City after living in Connecticut and New York for a while, and while LA definitely has the upper hand in many types of food, there is one thing I am consistently looking for - a good Italian deli. We used to have several in my hometown, and I am yet to find anywhere that is half way decent.

Bay Cities in Santa Monica is the closest I can think of, and its a complete madhouse. Are there any places in Studio City or even the Valley? Meatball or chicken parm subs, cold cuts, etc. Anywhere with quality sandwiches? I would go there every day for lunch...

Please help!

New York Cafe
4959 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. In Glendale, there's Mario's: which isn't too bad.

    In Burbank, there's the Monte Carlo Deli / Restaurant that I haven't been to:

    My favorite by far on this side of town, well, San Gabriel really, is Claro's: They also have a large branch in Arcadia off the 210.

    I think Claro's almost (but not quite) rivals Bay Cities and is cheaper. Mario's not so much. And I don't know about the other.

    1. Domingo's Italian Grocery in Encino is pretty decent.

      17548 Ventura Blvd
      Encino, CA 91316-3835
      (818) 981-4466

      Domingo's Italian Grocery
      17548 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

      1. Another Big Thumbs up for Monte Carlo in Burbank. Their sausage is excellent as is their pizza (which you can get in their restaurant. The deserts are from the Eagle Rock Italian Deli, so there's quality from that, too.

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        1. re: mrsantora

          Next to Bay Cities, Monte Carlo Delicatessen is my favorite Italian grocery in L. A. As a grocery Mario's in Glendale falls far behind, however IMHO Mario's subs are better than Pinocchio (the restaurant that shares space with Monte Carlo.)

          Mario's Italian Deli & Catering
          740 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

          Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
          3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

        2. If you are out Woodland Hills way then stop in Cavaretta's and see what you think. We like it.

          1. In Woodland Hills, consider Cricca's Italian Deli.


            Cricca's Italian Deli
            4876 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              Cricca's pales next to Cavaretta's. It's OK for sandwiches in a pinch, but it is certainly not a market. Take the time to drive to Sherman Way if you're in WH.