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A beautiful Italian sausage?

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. 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!

    1. 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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      1. re: Burger Boy

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Burger Boy

          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.

          1. re: Will Owen

            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

            1. re: LisaN

              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 …

            2. re: Will Owen

              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.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                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.

                1. re: LisaN

                  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.

                2. re: Burger Boy

                  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.

                  1. re: Norm Man

                    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...

                    1. re: winstars

                      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.

                    2. re: Norm Man

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

                      1. re: Burger Boy

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

                        AND CLARO'S TOO!!!

                  2. re: Burger Boy

                    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.

                    1. re: monku

                      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'...

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        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.

                        1. re: monku

                          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.

                          1. re: Will Owen

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

                            1. re: Burger Boy

                              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.

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                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.

                  3. 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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                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      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. 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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                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        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.