Los Angeles' Best Italian Deli

Los Angeles is known for many things: awesome weather, beautiful beaches, Hollywood movies, and a fantastic food scene.

Nearly 100 years after opening doors on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway in Santa Monica, Bay Cities is still turning out unforgettable meals. The no frills store-front opens into an unassuming grocery store flanked by a full service deli and olive bar. Upon deeper investigation, an appreciation of the finely curated items stocking the shelves comes to fruition - Limited Release Virgin Olive Oils and aged Balsamic Vinegars sit along side a worldly traveled cheese selection. The back room is stocked with an exquisite liquor selection, and an assortment of hard to find service and preparation utensils round out the shopping experience.

The refined selection of take home ingredients is emulated by the in-house creations. salads and desserts made daily line the refrigerator, as the kitchen turns out award worthy lasagna, meatballs, ravioli and an inspirational bread that is baked continuously throughout the day. The crisp crust encasing the fluffy interior is served as an enhancing side to the precisely executed pasta options or as the vessel for the renowned sandwiches.

Speaking of sandwiches, the most highly regarded Bay Cities fare is the Godmother - and for good reason. The Italian roll layered with savory Genoa Salami, Mortadella Cappacola, Ham and Prosciutto are complimented perfectly by the crunch of "The Works" (mayo, mustard, pickles, onions, lettuce, Italian dressing and choice of hot or mild peppers).

If the Godmother is the star of cold sandwiches, then the Chicken Parmesan is King of hot sandwiches. The breaded chicken is moist and enhanced by the marinara sauce, peppers and cheese; all perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the Italian roll. Much like the Godmother being the measuring stick for Italian Subs, this chicken parmesan is the pinnacle all chicken parmesan sandwiches should be judged against.

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  1. Italian sub are great made fresh, ingredients and flavor tastes great, what makes a great Italian sub to me is the tasty bread and the ingredients and flavor inside your sub.