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petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 11:37 AM

Moved here from the east coast, and I'm homesick for the incredibly succulent, beautifully seasoned Italian sausages that I can get at D&D Market in Hartford's Franklin Avenue district. There are like pork chops in a casing. I'm seeing thin, anemic wursts around here which when cooked get tough and lack juiciness, more like a breakfast sausage than the fatties I'm thinkin about. Anyone have a specific recommendation for a butcher in town that does this right??

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  1. JAB RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    Ah, Franklin Ave, the memories of Levecki's (sp?) lemon ice... I digress, here in the LA area, from one former resident of CT to another, I'd suggest Sabatino's in Newport Beach:

    http://www.sabatinoschicagosausage.co...

    Try their pepper stuffed with their sausage. Otherwordly!

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      Burger Boy RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 12:31 PM

      Claro;s has good Italian sausage and a nice Sicilian.
      A-1 in San Pedro has good Italian but a stellar Sicilian sausage, more chunk pices than a grind, really good on the bbq. Here is a link to some Italian Delis and stores around LA. manggia.
      http://www.italianlosangeles.org/inde...

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      A 1 Imported Groceries
      348 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

      Claro's Italian Market
      1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

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        JEN10 RE: Burger Boy Jan 22, 2010 12:42 PM

        love A-1 sausages, that garlic one is delicous. They also have a great selection of pasta's.

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        Burger Boy RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 12:34 PM

        Claro's in San Gariel has good Italian sausage and a nice Sicilian.
        A-1 in San Pedro has good Italian but a stellar Sicilian sausage, more chunk pices than a grind, really good on the bbq. Here is a link to some Italian Delis and stores around LA. manggia.
        http://www.italianlosangeles.org/inde...

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        A 1 Imported Groceries
        348 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

        Claro's Italian Market
        1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

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          Will Owen RE: Burger Boy Jan 22, 2010 03:50 PM

          Far better IMO than Claro's, and cheaper besides, is the sausage at the Roma deli in Pasadena, little strip mall NE corner of North Lake and Mountain. Rosario, the owner/butcher, has been making them for over fifty years, as he will gladly tell you, and knows what he's doing. He has just the one recipe, and as far as I'm concerned that's all he needs - more coarsely ground than Claro's, perfectly seasoned. I grilled a dozen and then finished them in a pot with onions, peppers and tomato and took them to our Alfa club's summer party. By the time I'd said hello to everyone and opened some wine, they'd left me exactly one. Next year, TWO dozen...

          I should add that he makes a big batch fresh every day, and he's open every day except maybe Christmas.

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            LisaN RE: Will Owen Jan 23, 2010 09:00 AM

            I second this. The sausages at Roma are awesome. Not too finely ground, like most places.

            Another place I like the sausages at is in Burbank, Monte Carlo Deli 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd

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              Will Owen RE: LisaN Jan 6, 2013 09:00 PM

              To be perfectly honest, I think Rosario must chop by hand, I've split open some of his sausages to use in bulk, and a couple had just three or four big chunks of meat inside. I don't really care, as long as they taste like that …

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              Burger Boy RE: Will Owen Jan 23, 2010 10:22 AM

              I will try but how do you get cheaper than 5lbs for $10 at Claro's. that is tough to beat. I never knew Roma did their own sausage. have you ever tried A1 in San Pedro, their Sicilian is pretty good and a course grind almost chunky.

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                LisaN RE: Burger Boy Jan 23, 2010 05:36 PM

                I've never had Claro's so I don't know how good it is, but in my book, cheap isn't always better. Roma is a real gem, reminds me of places I used to go back east. And if you ask for a sandwich the owner makes you a delicious one, the most delicious assortment of cold cuts I've ever had.

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                  Burger Boy RE: LisaN Jan 24, 2010 03:05 PM

                  It is good sausage. My point was if you need buld or buy bulk the price is less. When I need 10lbs of good stuff I will go there. Closer than San Pedro. I will try Roma, I love the place, great produce.

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                  Norm Man RE: Burger Boy Jan 27, 2010 11:23 AM

                  I called Roma and was quoted a price of $3.99 per pound for their sausage. So Claro's bulk price (10 lbs plus) of $2.00 per pound (as provided by Burger Boy) is much cheaper. Not sure if Roma offers a bulk price.

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                    winstars RE: Norm Man Jan 27, 2010 12:42 PM

                    That's some good info thanks... BTW, not previously mentioned is that Bay Cities and Sorrento's (in Culver City) sell the Maestro brand which are very nice BUT not freshly made... I think a box of 20 was like $22.00... The conversion per pound per sausage I don't/can't remember...

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                      Will Owen RE: winstars Jan 27, 2010 12:48 PM

                      If the sausages are about the same size as Roma's, then the price is roughly the same as well; I usually figure on paying a bit over $1 per link. No, Rosario does not give a bulk rate, now that I think of it; my dozen was $14. I'd still rather get mine from him, and it's not just because he's within walking distance and the closest Claro's is in Monrovia.

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                      Burger Boy RE: Norm Man Jan 27, 2010 03:19 PM

                      I think it is in 5lb bags and around $10, but I could be wrong.

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                        winstars RE: Burger Boy Jan 27, 2010 10:24 PM

                        More excellent info thanks everyone... Sounds like a trip to Pasadena is in my future!!!

                        AND CLARO'S TOO!!!

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                    SeaCook RE: Will Owen Jan 25, 2010 03:26 PM

                    Ditto. I miss Rosario!

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                    monku RE: Burger Boy Jan 22, 2010 05:19 PM

                    Side note on Claros' Italian sausage which they also sell in bulk. They must make a lot of sausage. A brief conversation with the owner Bob at the San Gabriel location where they make the sausage they have a USDA inspector on the premises.

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                      Will Owen RE: monku Jan 22, 2010 06:18 PM

                      If I may muscle in here in my characteristically bumptious fashion, I think Rosario at Roma Deli inspects his sausages quite literally by hand; he don' need no steenkeeng badges. If this approach appeals to you as it does to me, come check'em out. If not, go to Claro's. Just sayin'...

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                        monku RE: Will Owen Jan 22, 2010 09:31 PM

                        I'll check out Roma Deli.
                        My point is that Claro's must be making lot's of Italian sausage to require a USDA inspector on the premises.

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                          Will Owen RE: monku Jan 23, 2010 02:31 PM

                          Which, to be perfectly honest, is why I prefer to get them from Roma. I suspect Rosario's operation would not please a USDA inspector, though it passes its Board of Health reviews OK. I just like the notion that this one old guy and maybe one helper gets in there and chops and grinds and seasons and stuffs several dozen sausages every day and has done so for longer than many of us have lived. If I want factory meat I'll get Claro's. Look, it's OK, no denying that, better than Johnsonville for sure.

                          I never buy more than a few pounds at a time, usually a pound or less, so I've never paid Claro's bulk rate. The Roma sausage generally runs me about a dollar a link, maybe less.

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                            Burger Boy RE: Will Owen Jan 24, 2010 03:06 PM

                            Do we know for sure he makes it, just asking? Some places buy from other sources.

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                              Will Owen RE: Burger Boy Jan 25, 2010 10:40 AM

                              Yes, we know. Unless he's lying through his teeth, which I seriously doubt. The pride he takes in it is more than obvious; when I told him how quickly the sausage I'd brought to the party disappeared he positively glowed.

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                                Burger Boy RE: Will Owen Jan 25, 2010 11:24 AM

                                Did not mean to doubt, like I said I love that place, never had the sausage, always produce and bread. I wish I had a little Italian market like that near me, or maybe not. I would tip the scales at 500lbs.

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                    Burger Boy RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 12:36 PM

                    Huntington Meats in The Farmer's market at 3rd and Fairfax also has good sausages.

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                    A 1 Imported Groceries
                    348 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                    Claro's Italian Market
                    1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

                    Huntington Meats
                    6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

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                      heckonwheels RE: Burger Boy Jan 27, 2010 03:24 PM

                      Huntington is good for all kinds of sausages...they're great. My favorite for Italian is actually at a Mexican meat market, La Pradera with locations in El Monte and Azusa. Don't know why, but they make a killer Italian sausage, in both mild and spicy versions...and yes, the spicy is *spicy*

                    2. Das Ubergeek RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 04:43 PM

                      Come down here to Orange County. Spend the day hobnobbing with the surgically-enhanced people of Newport Beach, and get your Italian sausage at Sabatino's. They are the best Italian sausages in town.

                      If you want to stay local in LA, the salsiccia at Monte Carlo Delicatessen in Burbank was my go-to when I lived in the Valley. You can get it sweet or hot, and you can get it with fennel or without (check availability).

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                        Ciao Bob RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 27, 2010 05:42 PM

                        My favorite, by far, of all the tubes of meat I have consumed on this planet (which includes LONG stints in NY and Italy)
                        are Sabatino's sausages.

                      2. Hughlipton RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 05:11 PM

                        Go take a look at Monte Carlo's Italian Deli in Burbank. I think they have some of the best around.

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                          thursday RE: Hughlipton Jan 24, 2010 06:41 PM

                          Seconded. (Thirded?)

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                          RicRios RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 05:36 PM

                          I know the idea if Italian sausage made by Germans might sound like anathema.
                          But fact of the matter is, the ones (both spicy and regular) made by European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen in Beverly Hills are the best yours truly has had the privilege of tasting so far.

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                            whocareswhoiam RE: RicRios Jan 3, 2013 11:28 AM

                            ABSOLUTELY AGREE! I'm Italian from NJ and I think this is the best I've had in Southern Cal. I haven't tried Sabatino's or Roma's - and will check them out as well.

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                            RSMBob RE: petermike999 Jan 22, 2010 05:52 PM

                            I'll add to the Sabatino's reccomendation. Best italian sausage I have ever had...and I'm a native Chicagoan.

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                              Das Ubergeek RE: RSMBob Jan 22, 2010 06:10 PM

                              I'm a native New Jerseyan and this must be the first time someone from NJ and someone from Chicago ever, ever agreed on anything involving Italian food. :)

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                                Burger Boy RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 22, 2010 09:18 PM

                                But have either one been to A 1 in San Pedro, that coarse grind stuff is really good!

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                              petermike999 RE: petermike999 Jan 23, 2010 12:11 AM

                              Thanks to all for you for the links to the juicy links. I will check out all of these options in due time. Roma Deli tomorrow. Later San Pedro.
                              I'm a little less homesick tonight. I so appreciate the passion.

                              1. JEN10 RE: petermike999 Jan 23, 2010 07:25 AM

                                When you go to A-1 they have great olives, be sure to pick some up. They also make an awesome sub samie, they sell the bread rolls there. A local place makes them and they are sublime. They also have Sfaglitolla (sp?) in the frozen section.

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                                  Burger Boy RE: JEN10 Jan 23, 2010 10:24 AM

                                  Sorrento's also has frozen Sfaglitolla! I so miss Sarno's bakery...........Dino, Angela come back!

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                                    RicRios RE: Burger Boy Jan 23, 2010 11:46 AM

                                    Sfogliatelle

                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sfogliat...

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                                      Das Ubergeek RE: Burger Boy Jan 23, 2010 02:21 PM

                                      Claro's has freshly-baked sfogliatelle. HA!

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                                        Burger Boy RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 24, 2010 03:08 PM

                                        Yeah and they are from Frederico's and not that great. the frozen from Sorrento's are excellent! They are even fresher because you bake them fresh when you want and the filling is to my liking.

                                  2. Frankie D RE: petermike999 Jan 23, 2010 07:53 PM

                                    The Best Sausage I have had in a Very Long time. Stopped by today on the way back from the Torrance Farmers Market (which was Awesome, by the way) and had a half Sausage with Peppers and half Meatball sandwich. My wife and I shared it with our 19 month old son Gianni, while sitting in the park across the street. Beautiful chunks of tender Pork, not all ground up that you do not know what you are eating type of Sausage. Big Thumbs Up! If you have never been, GO! Also, the best Pizza Dough in So Cal. We bought some for $.69 and made it tonight. Wow! Very Very Good.

                                    A-1 Imported Groceries
                                    348 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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                                      winstars RE: Frankie D Jan 24, 2010 09:19 PM

                                      WOW!!! Chicago, New Jersey and now New York... Thanks for all the great tips everyone. A-1 is great and Roma is now on the list with Claros... BTW, the Torrance Farmers Market is THE place to get the bell peppers (red, yellow and GREEN) very cheap in the summer. I buy bags and bags, cut them up, cook the off and freeze them. To make the Sauce-edge and Peppppers in the winter can be very expensive.

                                      So how about Sabatino's or Claro's or Roma's or A-1's sausages--- AND peppers from the TFM--- and the bread from Bay Cities??????

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                                        Burger Boy RE: winstars Jan 24, 2010 10:03 PM

                                        OH YEAH ! ! !

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                                          Das Ubergeek RE: winstars Jan 25, 2010 09:28 AM

                                          Yes, that would work... ORRRRRR... skip the bread from Bay Cities and go on a Saturday and get a baguette from Picket Lane Bakery (San Juan Cap, Laguna Hills or Irvine FM) and eat it that way... ah gahd...

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                                            Ernie RE: winstars Jan 25, 2010 10:51 AM

                                            If you go to A-1 in San Pedro, I think they carry bread from Europa Bakery or Portofino Bakery, two local bakeries that make great Italian rolls.

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                                              LisaN RE: winstars Jan 25, 2010 07:01 PM

                                              Roma has some great bread too.

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                                                winstars RE: LisaN Jan 25, 2010 10:57 PM

                                                Excellent!!! I knew I could bait you guys into giving up some other great bread choice's!!!!!!

                                                THANKS

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                                                  SeaCook RE: winstars Jan 26, 2010 07:58 AM

                                                  Ditto LisaN on the bread from Roma Market. You can put together a great sausage sandwich from Roma.

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                                                    LisaN RE: SeaCook Jan 26, 2010 05:55 PM

                                                    Oh ya, I buy a bunch of his cold cuts, the sausages a bunch of bread and I'm in heaven for a few days!

                                                    Trying to think where else the bread is good. Ooh, Italia in Granada Hills http://www.italiabakeryanddeli.com/

                                                    I also like the bread at Monte Carlo in Burbank, come to think of it, their sausage is good, did I mention that before?

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                                                      SeaCook RE: LisaN Feb 1, 2010 11:20 AM

                                                      Italia is next door to my favorite meat market Bob's. Now if it's English bangers you're looking for that's the place to go! There other suasage itsn't bad either.

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                                            mangia RE: petermike999 Jan 28, 2010 01:58 PM

                                            Italian from the Nutmeg state here.
                                            Another vote for Monte Carlo's in Burbank.
                                            Also, Marconda's Italian sausage at the Farmer's Market on Third and Fairfax--very good. I like them as they have fennel in them and the hot sausage is hot.

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                                              RicRios RE: mangia Jan 28, 2010 05:49 PM

                                              The "Nutmeg State"
                                              According to the book State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1941):

                                              "The sobriquet, the Nutmeg State, is applied to Connecticut because its early inhabitants had the reputation of being so ingenious and shrewd that they were able to make and sell wooden nutmegs. Sam Slick (Judge Halliburton) seems to be the originator of this story. Some claim that wooden nutmegs were actually sold, but they do not give either the time or the place."

                                              http://www.cslib.org/nicknamesct.htm

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                                              hungryhyena RE: petermike999 Feb 16, 2010 04:02 PM

                                              McCall's is new and on Hillhurst. I haven't tried the sausage yet, but it was huge and has been getting great reviews. http://www.mccallsmeatandfish.com/

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