Last week went to Giuliano's Delicatessen & Bakery in Torrance for their 16" Torpedo $6.95. Yesterday I stopped by again at 9am, but they weren't open until 10am. I was headed back to Los Angeles and thought I'd stop by the Giuliano's in Gardena since it was on my way and they were open at 9am and the Torpedo sandwich was $5.50.
I told the girl the other store wasn't open yet, but then she said seemed somewhat surprised and said they were the only Giuliano's and not related to the other. Some brochures and take-out menus make the claim that they are the "Original Giuliano's".
Seems like the Gardena location is called "Giuliano's," the one in Torrance and now I see there's one in Redondo Beach and they're called "Giuliano's Delicatessen & Bakery".
First thing I noticed getting out of my car at the Gardena location was the scent of baked bread. They said all their breads and bakery items are baked fresh daily on the premises. On the way out with my Torpedo I decided to try one of their sourdough rolls and it was like something I'd get at Boudin Bakery in San Francisco. The bread the torpedos from Gardena and Torrance seem very similar and the sandwiches seem similar. The differnce I noticed was the ones from Torrance are wrapped in plain white butcher paper and the ones at Gardena are wrapped in fancy Italian colors Giuliano's labeled paper.
Anyone down there in the South Bay know the scoop on the Giuliano's name? They must have been related at one time. The average person like me would think all three are run by the same people.
1138 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247