If you are a transplant from the East Coast, like I am, and miss the atmosphere and aroma of the east coast Italian market, a visit here is a must. I've been to several Italian Markets out here and they are great on quantity of items, but too neat!!!! My favorite italian markets back east had stuff crammed in every corner - so does this place!
I can't say they have a vast selection in terms of different brands of the same items like some markets I've been too. They do have quite a large selection of imported pasta in all shapes and sizes. They also have a good selection of produce.
The best part was the owner. I got some cold cuts from the deli (small deli counter, but everything I got was the best quality). Everything I asked for, he gave me a taste of before hand (great mortadella, capicola, salami, proscuitto from I think he said bologna that is incredible, it isn't salty like others I've had). He said he has over 70 different kinds of cheese! I got a chunk of a 10 year aged provolone that is delicious!!!! Got a nice wedge of parm. reggiano too that was alot less expensive than other places.
Great rolls and bread too, he says they are baked 7 days a week. On weekends, the loaf of bread I got is made with olive oil, but only on weekends. I'll definitely have to get back and pick up one!
It was easy to spot going down Lake, it is on the corner in a small strip mall.
918 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104