Italian-American East Coast transplant iso a great Italian deli or grocery store.
My husband and I made our way to East Side Italian Deli today on Alpine Street, near Dodger Stadium. So, disappointed. We ordered the meatball and sausage sub. Lackluster meatballs, decent sausage, lousy sauce, mediocre roll. There was a tiny piece of cheese at one end of the sub. Every table had one or two bottles of taco sauce on it. No Italian condiments. When you walk in, there is absolutely no wonderful aroma that should come from an Italian Deli. You know what I mean -- that mixture of homemade sauce, pancetta, capicola, marinated peppers, freshly baked bread, smoky provolone and anisette, that makes your senses sing? Mario's in Glendale barely has that aroma. Also lousy sauce.
Just can't seem to find a deli to fit the bill here. When I really need a fix and can't get back East, we'll make a trip to San Francisco. Two visits to Molinari's in North Beach can set me right. When I can't get back to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, it does the trick.
We left East Side Italian Deli and made our way to Sorrento Italian Market in Culver City. We buy cold cuts to go, since they often make a skimpy counter sandwich. But their capicola is first rate, lean and spicy. They also have nice baked goods - though the baked goods section is tiny. Tasty cannoli, delicious poppy seed roll, good bread and cookies flown in from Ferrara Bakery in NYC Little Italy. The cannoli is fresh and made at Sorrento.
I heard there is a bakery in San Pedro that makes a cannoli cake. Would love to know the name of that place, if anyone has it. I'm thinking we're going to head to San Pedro next on our quest to find a great Italian deli in the Los Angeles area.