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Jun 25, 2011 11:14 PM

Imported Italian deli meats

I want to purchase some great deli foods for my lunches near Culver City. Any suggestions. From out of town.

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    1. re: reality check

      sorrento is actually in culver city, but i haven't been there in years so can't vouch for it anymore. maybe someone else on the board has been there more recently than i?

      also, if you are interested in a restaurant that does a great job serving imported cured italian meat and imported italian cheese, go to Obika Mozzarella Bar in Century City.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Sorrento's has been a little hit or miss for us, we live nearby. But the biggest change is that Albert and Vera, the long time proprietors, have recently passed away and their kids are beginning to take the reigns of the store. So we'll see how it goes. For cold cuts you will be fine thought the selection is less than you might get at Bay Cities or if you wanted to supplement with some harder to get Salumi without driving too far, you can head over to Surfas, We like their frozen pasta and their fresh sausages. The bread they have there is pretty good too. But you will notice the dust on the shelves and some of the cans which look like they have been there since WWII. My only really bad experience with Sorrento's was when I got some Gioia mozzarella (they are a local maker) which was way past it's prime.

        Surfas Restaurant & Supply
        8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        Sorrento Italian Market
        5518 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          I recently returned to Sorrento after a year and was pleasantly surprised to see how clean and organized everything was. It's really an old fashioned mom and pop type of establishment which is a vanishing species. Its fun to just walk thru and see lots of unusual items. The family owns the whole block so they dont have to worry about their lease. They also own a ranch. I got some great fava beans, bread, cheese, cold cuts, fresh pasta. Nothing is marked - but their prices are fair and everything was very tasty. No complaints about quality.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            When did the wife pass? I know Albert has been a year?

      2. guido marcello's, santa monica

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        1. re: budlit

          For Italian meats, salumi, I actually prefer Surfas to Guidi Marcello and I am a big fan of Guidi's. The problem with Guidi's is that everything is vacuum sealed pre made packages. Surfas will slice all of those items to order and you get as much or as little as you really like. Also, they are very nice about letting you sample their meats and cheese. David, the Frommagier and Sommelier at Surfas is as nice as can be.

          Guidi Marcello
          1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

        2. This place recently opened up on the third floor of the remodeled Santa Monica Place, at 3rd Street and Broadway:

          I've only been once about a month ago, and considered it to be very good. Piero Salvaggio and Cesare Casella are pedigreed Italianos with some serious attitudes toward great Italian cuisine. It's there partnership of passion for this part of Italian cuisine.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Yes, their products are lovely, but they are asking a pretty penny, I would expect a much higher markup there than say, Sorrento's or even Surfas.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Considering the choices and quality, the phrase, "You get what you pay for," factored into the equation, so did signores Salvaggio/Casella's cache and the mall's overhead and ...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                Yes, and I for one, truly believe in that phrase, I was just giving the OP some perspective, as they are looking for cold cuts for their brown bag lunches. But who knows, maybe they wouldn't blink twice at spending over $20 / lb for Italian deli meats.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  What has me pegged at throwing in a place like Norcino to the OP is that he is the OP of another thread where he pleads, "Looking for the cooks who love and suffer for their food." Someone like that is searching for a place that is passionate about their offerings, and is from Santa Cruz (great food and drink) - I hope he/she gets there and then decides if they're worthy for the lunch bag - and a little goes a long way... Here's the OP's other current thread to which your posts would be deeply appreciated:


                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Point taken, I had looked at that thread earlier, but did not connect the dots that it was the same OP. And frankly, I don't think I have anything to add to that thread, you and others seem to have covered it pretty completely.

          2. Thanks for all your input. It's all great. Just wanted to find somewhere to pick up some nice lunch ingrediants to enjoy.near Culver City It doesn't have to be off the hook . That would be a plus. Just a business who has been solid . out of towner

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            1. re: emglow101

              If you are in Culver City, I suggest you start with Sorento's. If that doesn't satisfy, try one of the other suggestions. Welcome to the neighborhood.

            2. I went to Sorrento deli today for lunch. I loved it. I just got a large salami with a grape juice. So I talked to the guy who made my sandwich and said I was down here working. He gave me a free canoli and the total was $ 5.95. What's not to like. Great wine selection and the deli. Back tomorrow for the hot beef sandwich. Drove out to Bay city meats last night looks like a nice new place but I didn't stop. Burned out from the traffic. Had the lohagados rojo from Mariscos Chente. Wow ! Super fresh. Will go back next week. Going to try to get over to La Espinosa this weekend. My culinary adventure has just started. Out of towner

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              1. re: emglow101

                Good to hear you enjoyed Sorrento - it's fallen out of favor with me but it's been a few years since my last visit - I may have to give it another whirl. Other posters have mentioned that the hot pastrami sandwich is supposed to be good.

                Mariscos Chente is a solid rec. If any of the other menu items interest you, give them a whirl. If their M.O. is still the same, they literally "import" the fresh seafood themselves, meaning, they drive across the Mexican border and source the seafood themselves. The shrimp dish that really stands out as a testament to freshness is their camarones aguachile - sort of a Mexican sashimi of raw shelled shrimp with the heads intact, dressed in their green salsa (aguachile). It's not for everyone, but I personally enjoy it.

                >>Going to try to get over to La Espinosa this weekend<<

                The name is La Espanola and it's in Harbor City - I don't want you to have trouble finding the name. The place is about 30-40 minutes from Culver City, near the Harbor Freeway. If you're going on Saturday and the paella, please call the day before to put your order in.

                La Espanola Meats
                25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710