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Any Guanciale in Los Angeles

Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 09:31 AM

I want to make a pasta sauce that calls for Guanciale. I know I can mail order it but is there anywhere in Los Angeles, preferably the Valley, where I can find it?

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    Jack Flash RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 10:36 AM

    I have recently been wondering this as well, because I too want to make a pasta that calls for this specialty meat (spaghetti alla gricia, which I enjoyed several times in Rome). Porta Via in Pasadena had some once, but nobody was buying it so they stopped carrying it. But I wanted some! Have you tried Claro's?

    Porta Via
    424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    1. Dommy RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 10:39 AM

      I believe they have it at Artisan Cheese Gallery. Call ahead to make sure...


      Artisan Cheese Gallery
      12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

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        degustateur RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 11:30 AM

        Guidi Marcello is an excellent source for Guanciale ($13.95/lb.), imported from Italy:

        Guidi Marcello, LTD
        1649 10th Street
        Santa Monica, CA 90404


        Guidi Marcello
        1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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          degustateur RE: degustateur Apr 1, 2010 03:58 PM

          Guidi Marcello sells their Guanciale in quarter pound (roughly) packages = about $3.50/per. It's the real deal and it is, indeed, excellent.

          Guidi Marcello
          1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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          bulavinaka RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 12:36 PM

          Does The Curious Palate sell guanciale? They make a killer egg salad sandwich, and part of the magic comes from bits of crispy guanciale. They do have a deli case and I think I saw this in there on my last visit...

          The Curious Palate
          12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

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            joshekg RE: bulavinaka Apr 1, 2010 02:23 PM

            They do sell guanciale. I'm not sure who the producer is, but I think it was around $19.99/lb and it was no where near as good as the imported guanciale carried by Guidi Marcello.

            So if you are in a pinch and need guanciale on the weekend (when Guidi Marcello is closed) then The Curious Palate may do. But otherwise I recommend you go to Guidi Marcello as degustateur recommended.

            Guidi Marcello
            1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

            The Curious Palate
            12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

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              bsquared2 RE: bulavinaka Apr 1, 2010 09:04 PM

              That is a really good egg salad. It is the guanciale that really makes it click.

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              film_score RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 02:10 PM

              I've called up Mario's in Glendale and they have had it in the past but I think you do have to buy a big hunk of it. You can also try Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica.

              Mario's Italian Deli & Catering
              740 East Broadway
              Glendale, CA 91205-1150
              (818) 242-4114

              Bay Cities Italian Deli
              1517 Lincoln Boulevard
              Santa Monica, CA 90401-2776
              (310) 395-8279

              Bay Cities Italian Deli
              1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                Porthos RE: film_score Apr 1, 2010 02:47 PM

                Bay Cities definitely has guanciale. You can buy as much or as little as you'd like. That's where I go for mine.

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                  JPomer RE: Porthos Apr 1, 2010 04:10 PM

                  he doesn't have it yet, but he says he may start soon - McCalls Meat and Fish in Los Feliz. I asked just the other day too

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                andytseng RE: Hughlipton Apr 1, 2010 05:40 PM

                I believe I've seen it at the Cheese Store of Silverlake. Might wanna give them a try.

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                  heatherlambirth RE: andytseng Apr 2, 2010 10:57 AM

                  Bay Cities definitely has it. I got some there recently.

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