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May 2, 2012 10:28 AM

Italian Semolina Bread in Los Angeles?

Hey All,

I'm a Jersey Italian Boy who relocated to LA a while back and I've been craving Italian Semolina bread like I grew up on. The closest I've found out here is the Semolina Bread from La Brea Bakery. You actually have to go there to get it. I've tried a few others (Eagle Rock Bakery) but they have been bad to inedible. I'm not afraid to drive, but I was wondering if anyone knew of someplace that makes it out here.


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  1. Since you say you are in L.A. and you've discovered that you can buy semolina bread from La Brea Bakery I'm assuming that you are looking for something more "geographically desirable" in terms of where you live (when you say "...if anyone knew of someplace that makes it out here."). Is that the case?

    But, since you don't say, exactly where "out here" is, or where it is you live, it's impossible to give a more "on point" suggestion (if there is one to be had).

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    1. re: Servorg

      La Brea Bakery's semolina bread is good, but only available on Saturday. Not to mention it's kinda pricey. So I'm just looking for alternatives.

      And as to Geographically, I live in SFV but I'm not opposed to driving to the Westside (Bay Cities) or Pasadena (Jones Coffee for Coffee Beans) to get something specific.



      1. re: mrsantora

        Check with Clementine in Century City. I'd also call Breadbar and see if they have it or not.

        1. re: Servorg

          One other place (although I have never tried it from them) is the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery. They make it only on Fridays.

          1. re: Servorg

            Yeah, the Eagle Rock Bakery makes a semolina bread, but it's so far from what i've had and considered good bread, that I just can't eat it.

        2. re: mrsantora

          I don't know exactly what semolina bread is, but would the bread at Al Gelato on Robertson in Beverly Hills fit the bill? It is a big, crusty loaf, with a fluffy, chewy interior.

          Here's a link with a picture:

      2. I get La Brea's Three-Cheese Semolina fairly frequently at the Ralphs on North Lake in Pasadena - that's the one just south of the 210, not the little one up in Altadena. Yeah, it's about $4 for a loaf, but it's delicious for toast and sandwiches - just about my favorite La Brea. They might have it at Gelson's, too. But that's the only semolina bread I've seen. I'll have to check out the Eagle Rock bakery.

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        1. re: Will Owen

          I've had it as well. It's a tasty loaf, just not brooklyn/new jersey itamian semolina bread.

          1. re: mrsantora

            Can you describe what you mean? Maybe a link to a picture would help.

            1. re: Jwsel

              Good point. Perhaps a picture would help.

              1. re: mrsantora

                I'm from NYC originally and have had trouble finding semolina bread in LA. I've tried most of the Italian delis in LA and OC and no luck. Claro's and Bay Cities do not have any semolina bread. Cortina's in Anaheim has something similar but not quite what I'd call semolina. I think it's a regional thing.

                1. re: js76wisco

                  I"m pretty much of the same mind. If you Go to La Brea Bakery on Saturday they do make a decent semolina bread, but it's pricey and still not what I grew up accustomed to. It seems like that Brick over in the Backyard I've been threatening to build to pizza now has another purpose.