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Parmigiano Reggiano in OC

hobbess Apr 6, 2010 12:41 AM

I usually get my parmigiano reggiano from Trader Joe's, but I'm wondering if there are any better options to buy it in OC?

Anybody tried Claro's? I've heard much about Frog's Breath, but would there be any difference buying it from them vs. somebody like Claro's?

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  1. groover808 Apr 6, 2010 07:19 AM

    Really, they sell the real stuff at Trader's? I got mine recently at Whole Foods, $20/lb.

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      SeaCook Apr 6, 2010 09:47 AM

      I have bougth the real deal at TJ's many times. Last time I was at Claro's in La Habra the deli lady said their current shippment of Parmigiano Reggiano wasn't that good. I instead bought the Pecorino Romano she recommended that was on sale. That was about a month ago.

      Pecorino Restaurant
      11604 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

      1. re: groover808
        ozhead Apr 9, 2010 11:41 AM

        Yes, and it is very good.

        1. re: groover808
          groover808 Apr 12, 2010 07:21 PM

          Geez, I just looked at the label on the Parmigiano Reggiano I bought at Whole Foods. It's actually $32.99/lb not $20.

        2. parker394 Apr 6, 2010 07:27 AM

          Sprouts market has it on sale starting tomorrow for 12.99.

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            JBinOC Apr 6, 2010 08:30 AM

            Claro's in Tustin was one of the only places I found that sells Locatelli Romano cheese. A few years ago, to save on time and cash, I tried Trader Joe's Romano...and found it was the closest thing to Locatelli I have ever tasted, anywhere.

            So, you might be just fine with TJ's Parmagiano Reggiano, but I know that Claro's is also an excellent choice for cheese if you want to see if you could crank it up a notch. Claro's would be worth a trip just because you could scoop up some other goodies along with your aged, grass-fed cow's milk.

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            1. re: JBinOC
              mikester Apr 6, 2010 09:11 AM

              Frog's Breath is an excellent cheese shop IMO, but you can get the PR cheaper elsewhere, I'm sure.

              Claro's would be a very good choice IMO, I've gotten mine there before and it was all it's supposed to be.

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              Allmodcons Apr 6, 2010 09:18 AM

              Claro's Reggiano is often in good condition and worth buying. Also Whole Foods.

              Both occasionally have condition issues, and either'll cost more per # than TJ's, of course.

              (I agree with JB on the Pecorino Romano -- the one that TJ carries is remarkably good, esp. @ its bargain price.)

              1. Das Ubergeek Apr 6, 2010 10:04 AM

                Besides Claro's in Tustin and La Habra, there's Whole Foods in Tustin, Laguna Beach and eventually in Huntington Beach, there's Cortina's in Anaheim...

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                    mrsjoujou Apr 6, 2010 11:14 AM

                    It depends how much money you want to spend. For every day use Costco or Claro's are fine. Wholefoods is just fine and Frog's Breath is good, but not great. You pay according to the age of the cheese. I personaly haven't tasted any great parmigiano since I brought back a great one from Rome a couple years ago for half the price of what Wholefoods or Bristol farms charges.

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                      Allmodcons Apr 9, 2010 11:37 AM

                      Saw some very good-looking Parmigiano Reggiano in the cheese case @ Lucca Cafe in Irvine just the other day.

                      Lucca Cafe & Market
                      6507 Quail Hill Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92603

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                      1. re: Allmodcons
                        mikester Apr 12, 2010 09:56 AM

                        Ah yes, Lucca's is great, they have some very nice cheeses, also some great salumi - thanks for pointing them out !

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                        llengua Apr 13, 2010 04:35 PM

                        Sam's Club or Costco usually has Imported Parmigiano Reggiano for about $11.99 or $12.99 a lb. Check your local stores.

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                          stuffed Apr 13, 2010 08:12 PM

                          The parmigiano reggiano stravecchio at TJs is usually in good shape and is a very good deal. I second Claro's as an excellent choice as well and a great place to shop for many other items besides cheese.

                          1. OCAnn Apr 29, 2010 09:12 AM

                            Frog's Breath is now closed. =(
                            On May 15, they will have a sale of all of its fixtures and furniture....

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