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Any Guanciale in Los Angeles

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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  1. 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?

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

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

      --Dommy!

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      Artisan Cheese Gallery
      12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

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

        Guidi Marcello, LTD
        1649 10th Street
        Santa Monica, CA 90404
        310.452.6277

        http://www.guidimarcello.com/

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        Guidi Marcello
        1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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        1. re: degustateur

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

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          Guidi Marcello
          1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

        2. 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...

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          The Curious Palate
          12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            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.

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            Guidi Marcello
            1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

            The Curious Palate
            12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

            1. re: bulavinaka

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

            2. 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
              mariosdeli.com
              740 East Broadway
              Glendale, CA 91205-1150
              (818) 242-4114

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

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

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              1. re: film_score

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

                1. re: Porthos

                  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

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

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                1. re: andytseng

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