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Ethnic Neighborhoods?

Taylor Street has the following:

Conte Di Sovia, 1400 block of Taylor - Every meat, canned, jarred, cheesed, italian good you could want. homemade fresh Mozz, Riccotta, great selection of fresh Cosa Nostra, Turano and Gonella Breads. Best sandwiches in the area.

Scarfurri Bakery, Taylor, East of Racine - Small, old neighborhood bakery. bread, sicilian style pizza

Ferrara Bakery - Taylor - bewtween Western & Oakley
-Cannoli, Cakes, Cookies and every Italian bakery good you could Imagine

Start at Ashland and start walking east. Your never more than a couple feet away from the real deal....

Feb 24, 2008
jeffro in Chicago Area

Ethnic Neighborhoods?

Among Taylor St., and Elmwood Park there are several italian neighborhoods.

Harlem & Grand area (montclair/galewood neighborhoods)
-plenty of Italian Delis, Pasta Shops, Restaurants

Heart of Chicago
-Ignotz, etc.

Tri Taylor
-Taylor & Oakley/Western
- pizza, delis, restaurants, Ferrera Bakery, Superior Bakery

....to name a few....

Feb 24, 2008
jeffro in Chicago Area

Pastrami - Thick, Spiced, Buttery Fat

I'm a Chicago native who lived in L.A. for the past 4 years. Thankfully, I have returned back home.

Now all I need is a fantastic Pastrami sandwich comparable to Langer's in L.A. If anyone has had it, you know what I'm talking about

I've been to Manny's, Eleven City Diner, etc. They don't make me happy. I've read all the posts, but figured I'd throw the question out there, and start a Pastrami-specific thread.

Feb 07, 2008
jeffro in Chicago Area

Has Mateos Closed?

Two weeks ago, when I went there to eat, it was closed. My father in law has known Matteo and the family for some time. They ate there about 2 months ago, and he said that Matteo was very ill. But when we drove by on a Saturday night at 8:00, the place was dark. One could only assume.....

Nov 21, 2007
jeffro in Chicago Area

Opus overrated

Dined at Opus last night (saturday) and couldn't have had a more positive experience. The flavors where bold, the dishes where very well executed and the service impeccable. We had the 6 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. Sardines, Foix Gras, Squab, poached egg, pablano soup, etc. For 60$ a head (+36$ for wine pairing) it would be hard to find a better deal in town.

Wonderful meal.

Jul 29, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy chicago style greek pita bread in SFV?

Not in the SFV, but close enough and worth the couple miles...

Try Mom's Hummus stand at the Hollywood Farmers Market - every Sunday. Not only is their hummus good, but their pitas remind me of the classic soft, pliable and greasy (if you of course fry it up) pitas from every Gyros stand, Greek Town establishment or Greek-run fast food joint in the fine city of Chicago (my hometown).

Trust me, they are the best I've had out here. Still looking for comparable gyros though.....

May 04, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Westside Italian - 10 People - Tonight!

Any suggestions? Nothing extremely expensive, but just nice enough to satisfy out of town clients.

Any help would be much obliged.

May 02, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Chicago Pizza Showdown Pt. 2: Tony’s Little Italy in Placentia

Though the pictures look delicious, those Pizza's are not authentic Chicago-style (born & raised). Zelo's put corn, pecans and goat cheese on their pizza and Tony's looks like pizzahut pan aside from the sauce being on top.

Zelo's does look the closest, but no self-respecting Chicagoan would ever put anything other than sausage and maybe pepp. on their pizzas.

Try flash frozen mail order pizzas from Malnati's. Thats the closest I've come to ever having "chicago style" in Souther Cal.

Mar 29, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

North Hollywood - Sat. Night Thai Options

Going to see a play against my will. Therefore, must celebrate the ending of the play with Thai food and multiple beers. Probably will get out around 10:00, whats good and open?

Mar 21, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena nightlife?

Magnolia on Lake - Great small plate stuff, fantastic burger, great french fry trio. Very lively bar scene, which is it's main draw. They play good music and the service is friendly.

Magnolia
(626) 584-1126
www.magnoliaonlake.com
492 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Feb 23, 2007
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Mia Sushi in Eagle Rock

better yet, go to Colorado Wine Co. on Colorado and buy a nice bottle. Last time I went, they had some deal with the the CWC where they charged a reduced corkage. I got blasted.

Dec 21, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

looking for good Chicago style pizza

The Malnatti's frozen pizza's can be quite outstanding and close to the fresh one's on Wells. Ordered several and honestly, the pepperoni holds up much better than the sausage and cooks wonderfully, providing you follow the more complex recipe (defrosting, coating with oil, etc.)

Dec 13, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

looking for good Chicago style pizza

Having been born and bread in the city of Chicago and spent 28 years relishing in the various styles of Pizza my hometown has to offer, I have never once crossed paths with ANYTHING resembling BJ's shit product. It is however, identical to Pizza Hut's Pan Pizza, so at least that got that going for them.

"Chicago Style" my fat ass...

Dec 12, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Good butcher Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena?

Hugely Second that. Great guys and great product, especially their pork.

Dec 12, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get Braciole in Los Angeles

They got a good one at Dominick's. Maybe on Sunday's only though...


Dominick's Restaurant

www.dominicksrestaurant.com
8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 652-2335

Dec 05, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Tin Horn Flats - Burbank

Any Good?

Dec 01, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Great Burger and Beers - Glendale/Pas/Burb Area

Need a place for tonight. Good Burgers, beers and fun/casual atmosphere. Burger Continental?

Dec 01, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

XMAS Party - Westside/Hollywood/Downtown - Fun Joint - 50-60 people

Did a search, and most where old or irrelevant.

Good food, Private space, anywhere in Bev. Hills, Century City, Santa Monica, Downtown and even West Hollywood. 50-60 People with a decent budget.

The Buffalo Club and Cafe De Artiste where suggested. Are those worth it?

any help would be much obliged, thanks!

Nov 10, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Mar Vista Memories

Jesus. Thats a lot of info.

thanks

Nov 07, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

ISO PUMPKIN ale in los angeles

Ralphs

Nov 01, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Give Oinkster Another Try!

Ate there this weekend. I had the Pastrami and my wifey had the Pulled Pork. Both sucked. THe Pastrami was rubbery and my teeth had to work overtime to release it from the bun, which was shit as well. Day old stale.

The pork was damn near minced meat and the flavor matched it's texture.

Service was VERY friendly and the sauce was plentiful. Fries where hot and crispy.

26 bucks for two people, two sandwiches, two small fries and two small drinks. not worth it but wanted it to be good so bad. I cried on the way home.

Nov 01, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Chicago Style Pizza Pie Place???

not one solitary thing about BJ's is Chicago style. Pizza Hut style maybe, but definitely not Chicago style.

wow.

Oct 10, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Molinari Sopressata -- where to find it?

Mario's Deli in Glendale sells it for sure.

Oct 10, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Dakota Report

Great review and Very informative. Gonna have to go just for the PRAWN! Too bad about the chewy Rib Eye (SIGH. My SO Katie would really enjoy this place....i'll keep it in mind

Sep 29, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Beware of Boa in Santa Monica

A cigar at a steakhouse?! Outside even!? Come on...

Regardless, rude hostesses/hosts are the worst and should be drowned.

Sep 28, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

ISO: Bracciole

Dominick's on Beverly has it. Maybe as a Sunday Special only, but it's definitely good. Not like Ma used to make, more refined but delicious none the less.

Dominick's Restaurant
www.dominicksrestaurant.com
8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 652-2335

Sep 19, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Takeshi Ramen in Glendale

Have been there a couple times and couldn't agree with you more. Great service and EXTREMELY succelent pork. So damn good....

Sep 08, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

Scarantino's, Formerly Dino's - Anyone Been?

How is Scarantino's in G-Dale? I'm always on the lookout for reliable neighborhood joints....

Aug 29, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

No pressure, just the most important pizza of my life

BJ's is the worst. About two steps down from Pizza Hut's Pan...

Aug 29, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area

NY chowhounder needs fresh mozzarella (LA)

Try Roma Deli in Pasadena
918 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 797-7748

They have Bubalus Bubalis Mozz, which is super fresh, local California made, and also tasty as hell. Plus it's made from Water Buffalo so you get that fantastic gamey edge to it.

The Ricotta is phenomenal as well.

Roma is an authentic and affordable and definitely worth a trip to Pas.

Aug 23, 2006
jeffro in Los Angeles Area