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Mar 23, 2010 08:35 PM

Giuliano's Question...

Last week went to Giuliano's Delicatessen & Bakery in Torrance for their 16" Torpedo $6.95. Yesterday I stopped by again at 9am, but they weren't open until 10am. I was headed back to Los Angeles and thought I'd stop by the Giuliano's in Gardena since it was on my way and they were open at 9am and the Torpedo sandwich was $5.50.
I told the girl the other store wasn't open yet, but then she said seemed somewhat surprised and said they were the only Giuliano's and not related to the other. Some brochures and take-out menus make the claim that they are the "Original Giuliano's".
Seems like the Gardena location is called "Giuliano's," the one in Torrance and now I see there's one in Redondo Beach and they're called "Giuliano's Delicatessen & Bakery".

First thing I noticed getting out of my car at the Gardena location was the scent of baked bread. They said all their breads and bakery items are baked fresh daily on the premises. On the way out with my Torpedo I decided to try one of their sourdough rolls and it was like something I'd get at Boudin Bakery in San Francisco. The bread the torpedos from Gardena and Torrance seem very similar and the sandwiches seem similar. The differnce I noticed was the ones from Torrance are wrapped in plain white butcher paper and the ones at Gardena are wrapped in fancy Italian colors Giuliano's labeled paper.

Anyone down there in the South Bay know the scoop on the Giuliano's name? They must have been related at one time. The average person like me would think all three are run by the same people.

Giuliano's Delicatessen
1138 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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  1. I grew up with one of the kids in Palos Verdes, and at the time I think there was only one location in San Pedro / PV annex. I remember their sandwiches at after soccer parties. My recollection is fuzzy, but I think the kids took over at some point years ago and the restaurant split.

      1. re: DrBruin

        That explains part of it, but seems there's more to it than that story.
        I now see there's a Giuliano's Delicatessen (which is also what the one in Gardena is named) location at 200 N. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.
        I notice a:
        Giuliano's Delicatessen Inc
        Bakeries, Wholesale Foods, Restaurants
        1117 E Walnut St, Carson, CA
        which might be the commissary for the Torrance and Redondo Beach stores?

        Sounds like they all have the same roots, but seems as though the Gardena location claims to be the original, but no current relation to the Torrance and Redondo Beach locations. Maybe they sold the original Gardena location to someone not related to the family, that's the only thing I can figure from what I read.

        Now you've thrown Gaetano's into the mix.

        Giuliano's Delicatessen
        1138 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        Gaetano's Restaurant
        2731 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

        1. re: monku

          So, I emailed one of the Guilano's who runs Gaetanos and this was his reply:

          "The one in Gardena is owned by family. The rest have been sold off. We have close ties to the Giuliano’s in Gardena because my family owns it and I have cousins/uncles working there. "

          200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Gaetano's Restaurant
          2731 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

            1. re: DrBruin

              I too had the same question, and the Gardena Guiliano's is close to my house. So, I asked the owner last time I was there a few months ago, and he basically repeated what DrBruin reported. They used to own other locations, but sold them off and now only have the original Gardena location.

              I grew up going to the Torrance (Hawthorne and Torrance) location. I remember it was great. Now, the quality is lower, the same for the Redondo Beach (Aviation) location. Also, the Artesia location changed their sausage to more of a "Sicilian" style, but I do not like th taste at all. It tastes of lower production quality, so the dislike is not from the new recipe, per se.

              The Gardena owner said the other locations have their sausages shipped in. The Gardena location, as we know, bakes its bread fresh daily ( I recommend strolling by in the evening after they close and they are starting the baking for the next day, yum). They also make their own sausage and other food on location and, according to the owner, are using the same recipe as when they opened.

        2. WOW.....I used to work for Guilianos back in the early 80's. This one was located inside of Vendome Liquor Store on Topanga Cyn Blvd in Woodland Hills. I thought they had dissolved years ago.....guess not.

          1. I remember when the original Giuliano brothers had a little factory in Gardena on Gramercy Avenue back in 1967 when we first opened our shop next to them. They packed their Ever So Good label on bottles of pickled veggies and gave my dad samples all the time. We all shared the same red brick building back in those days. Later, they opened their deli on Gardena Blvd. and began selling their famous torpedo sandwiches which in my estimation was the best in LA. Just a little personal trivia.