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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: http://mariosdeli.com/ which isn't too bad.

    In Burbank, there's the Monte Carlo Deli / Restaurant that I haven't been to: http://www.montecarlodeli.com/

    My favorite by far on this side of town, well, San Gabriel really, is Claro's: http://store.claros.com/ 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. http://www.montecarlodeli.com/ 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.

            2. I'll go with Monte Carlo (the grocery side). I like Pinocchio (the restaurant side) OK when I'm looking for something very simple (cheese lasagne, a sausage san) but it isn't really a New York-style Italian deli.

              I'd go with Claro's, myself, but it isn't in the Valley per se, or not that Valley anyway.

              Also, I'm going to get flamed again for this but I really like the veal and chicken parm heros at Ameci's, which IS all over the Valley. Not really an Italian deli, but close enough.

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks all. Any ideas for Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Noho?

                1. re: DaveBenjamin

                  Two Italia Deli's. I don't think they are related. Both are worth mentioning.
                  Agoura 5657 Kanan at Thousand Oaks Blvd.818-991-4838

                  Granada Hills right below the 118 freeway where Trader Joes is
                  11134 Balboa Blvd
                  Granada Hills, CA 91344
                  (818) 360-2913

                    1. re: SIMIHOUND

                      I 2nd this suggestion. Italia deli on Kannan is consistently very good!

                      1. re: orythedog

                        Agreed, the one on Kanan is very consistent but be sure to take a number immediately upon entering. I haven't tried the telephone orders but it sure would save time - the place is packed at peak times. And they have a pretty good grocery selection as well.

                    2. re: DaveBenjamin

                      We haven't been, but my brother said he has been to this place in North Hollywood and liked it. YMMV but worth a gamble since you won't exactly be risking your retirement money to see what you think.

                      Roma Italian Imported Groceries
                      6449 Lankershim Blvd
                      North Hollywood, CA 91606
                      (818) 763-8296

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Do you have any idea how long Roma has been there? I grew up in North Hollywood, and I recall once going with my parents to an Italian deli that was either on Vineland or Lankershim...mind you, this was almost 30 years ago. Much more recently, I tried to find it but obviously couldn't remember where it was (I was looking a bit farther south). But now I'm wondering if this is the place, and if it has been there all this time.

                        1. re: Jack Flash

                          I'm sorry, Jack - I don't know the answer to that. I never asked my brother if he knew, and I haven't been myself. Maybe give them a call. If they've been around for that long I'm sure they would be proud of the fact and more than willing to share the information with you.

                          1. re: Jack Flash

                            I think -- but I'm not sure -- that Roma moved to its current location about twenty to twenty-five years ago. There used to be an Italian deli on Landale between Vineland and Lankershim, a block south of Riverside behind the Lincoln dealership, and I recall its closing and moving north.

                            Even when it was on Landale it was always a bit scary, the kind of place that had cans on the shelves that hadn't been dusted since WWII. I don't recall how the sandwiches were, I probably would remember if I'd been poisoned.

                            1. re: maxzook

                              AHA! Yes, that's the one I'm thinking of. I was SURE it was near that Lincoln dealership, on that side street. I have that image in my mind, but sometimes memory plays cruel tricks.

                          2. re: Servorg

                            I've gone to Roma's for years. Went a few days ago. The girl gave me some mortadella that should have been thrown out. I second Cavaretta's. Totally yummy!

                        2. re: Das Ubergeek

                          Really, Ameci's, huh? Is it like back home?

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            No, it isn't a clone of back home. But it's not too far from it and I find myself craving it. It's also one of the few Italian options in Burbank I can stand to deal with.

                        3. I really like the meatball & sausage sandwich at Tony's Italian Deli in Burbank (the one on Magnolia). Good bowtie pasta salad, too.

                          Tony's Italian Deli
                          1124 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                          1. I know it's not in the valley but if you want a great Italian sandwich go to the Eastside Market and Italian Deli. Get the #7 hot roast beef and pastrami with provoline cheese, cooked peppers , and marinari sauce, the #21 is the cold version of this with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, mustard .About 1 mile due west of chinatown.

                            1013 Alpine St
                            Los Angeles, CA 90012

                            (800) 964-2464

                            Eastside Market
                            1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                            1. I think you would be very pleased with Eagle Rock Bakery. Not just other Italian deli but a Italian Bakery and Deli in the NYC style. When you enter Eagle Rock Bakery you will feel like you are back in NYC. Sometimes you might even get that “friendly NY” style service . Once you return home and make your sandwich ,bite through the crust of the Italian roll, tug just a little to pull away and then chew, you will be in NYC.

                              Italian breads, sandwich rolls, bread sticks and try the pizza bread on Sat. morning with one of those pepperoni sticks they have. That pizza bread starts coming out of the oven about 11:00am on Sat only. They have a full bakery case, very nice deli case with all the major deli meat names, and some shelves of imported goods. Try the home-made spaghetti sauce (Frozen case), and roasted peppers in olive oil (deli case),

                              When you enter the front door pickup two bags of bread sticks – one to eat on the way home and the other to eat later that day, then take a number and get in line.

                              Eagle Rock Italian Bakery and Deli
                              1726 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
                              (323) 255-8224

                              1. not in the valley but sorrento's in culver city deserve a shout out..they have their own ranch where they grow tomatoes etc. make their own sauce and peppers...just smell great when you go in...great affordable sandwiches too

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

                                1. In Chatsworth, San Carlo Italian Deli at Mason and Devonshire

                                  1. I'm from New York/Connecticut too (born in Pittsburgh though) and I really vote for Monte Carlo in Burbank as as the best Italian Deli. Their prices are amazing compared to the others and the food is fresh, fresh fresh because everyone goes there. Bay Cities is also excellent for quality but the prices are a lot higher! (I work 2 miles away and I will go to Monte CArol for my stuff only because I'll save $50 in the long run.). Although Bay Cities is only a mob scene during the window of lunch (noon to 3pm), otherwise it's pretty tame. And they do have great selections of stuff.