"Italian Bread" in West LA?
I'm trying to help out my sister-in-law's boyfriend who moved here from Rochester, NY a couple of years ago. He says he hasn't been able to find what he knows as "Italian Bread" anywhere in the West LA area. So that raises two questions, I think:
1. Just WHAT is Italian Bread? I would think there are likely a whole lot of different answers to that questions, so any specifics relatable to upstate New York would be most helpful........ but all ideas are welcome.
2. Where, hopefully in West LA, can I send this guys to try to find what he's been longing for. He's tried Italian Deli after Italian Deli with no success. Worse............. he doesn't seem to be able to describe exactly what he's looking for except to say that it is "chewy".
All help happily accepted. I may also post this in General Chowhounding but thought he'd be better served with more suggestions on where he can go to find this bread.
Thanks............... and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!
Have you sent him to Bay Cities? Have him buy a roll (very cheap) and a fresh loaf (reasonable). If those are too dense or crusty, try Victor Jr.'s on Washington across from the big studio in Culver City.
10113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Bay Cities' Italian bread (filone?) has nice complexity to it. The crust has a crispy bubbly veener that gives way to a nice chewy texture. Its body is a bit on the lighter side (as opposed to heft), but has a chew factor too. The taste has a bit of sourishness to it, but not so much like a true sourdough. Fresh batches usually come out about every hour. They're usually available toward the left/back portion of the store from the entrance.
What about the bread at Al Gelato in Beverly Hills? It's crusty and it sounds like what bulavinaka describes. Very soft inside and something reminiscent of sourdough, but not with the sourness.
Get some gnocchi and a meatball, plus some bread, and you have food for about 2-3 meals.