ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Italian Markets and Delis in Southern California

Updated on December 9, 2011

Best Italian Markets in Southern California, USA

I love good italian food, and as much fun as it is to go out and eat on occasion, I love to find great Italian ingredients to make my own meals sometimes.  Often, I need a place to go to pick up a treat to take for the host and hostess that is hosting an event or I just want to bring a little something extra to a celebration. 

I have found a few great Italian Markets where I can find what I need and I tend to go back again and again to Claro's especially.  Try out these great little Italian Markets the next chance you get and you will not be disappointed.

Claro's, my very favorite

I just love Claro's Italian Market in Tustin California. There are more locations than just this one so keep an eye out for those as well, such as in La Habra.

My family has been going to this little market for many years. It is perfect for picking up some extra sausage from mild to spicy to add to your spaghetti sauces or other meals. The staff there is friendly and helpful, and there is a family atmosphere almost always which I love. We also have gone there for cookies, pastries, and all kinds of other yummy baked goods. This has become a little tradition in our family to go there, and let the kids pick out their favorites or whatever looks good to them. They will pack up all the treats in a box, and we usually have them with milk and fresh coffee or whatever sounds good at the moment.

At a Christmas gathering, we often will pick up some more fancy of the baked items like cannolis cream puffs, cakes and take them with us. We cut them up into smaller portions so more people can try all the diffferent ones they have to offer.

As for the meats and cheeses in the deli there, you can't find fresher and tastier anywhere. I always feel very confident that I am getting the best when I go there.

You can purchase all kinds of tomato pastes and sauces, but I also especially like the olive oil there, as well as olives, and breads and garlic. You can find many items to purchase that make a quick meal at home.   There are many beverages to buy and take home as well, like beers, wines, soda, etc.  Try Claro's sometime, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Claro's  7148323081

1095 E Main St, Tustin, CA 92780

Claro's Italian Market, bakery, deli

Tustin, California:
Tustin, CA, USA

get directions

Sorrento's Italian Market

Sorrento's is a great Italian market as well, and they have a great selection there of all kinds of great Italian items. They are especially known for their great sandwiches! You will not be disappointed. From pastas, breads, cheeses to tomatoes you will find the great variety you are looking for. Some of my top recommendations from here is the marinara sauce, olives, olive oil, wines, and the secret sauce on the sandwiches. They have an olive oil that is Albert's own, and is made from the olives grown in the area. (Vera Ranch in Northern California). There are many imported wines to choose from. If ever in the area, do go and try it.  The best meals start with the best ingredients and this is a top notch market to get what you need.

Sorrento's Italian Market

(310) 391-7654

5518 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

Sorrento's Italian Market

Culver City, California:
Culver City, CA, USA

get directions

Eastside Market & Italian Deli

Eastside is a good market and Deli if you are in the Los Angeles area of Southern California. You will find a full menu there brimming with amazing food. They have many varieties of cold and hot sandwiches and also cater for all your serving needs. As for recommendations, I would try the pastrami sandwiches, as well as the meatball sandwich. Whether roast beef, or sausage, the marinara drenched sandwiches are to die for. It's a place the local law enforcement workers love to go. Its never a surprise to see policemen and firemen there for their own lunch times.

This is a casual place you can go, and they even have outdoor seating which I really like. Claro's doesn't offer this, as their food is carry out.   When looking for quality ingredients to purchase, try Eastside as it comes highly recommended.

Eastside Market & Italian Deli
1013 Alpine street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Eastside Market and Italian Deli

1013 Alpine street, Los Angeles, CA 90012:
1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

get directions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Naomi, thanks for sharing that! When I am visiting and in LA area again, I will have to check it out.

    • Naomi Imatome-Yun profile image

      Naomi Imatome-Yun 

      5 years ago

      Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica is really good. Maria's Italian Kitchen also has many locations (

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Getting some great Italian food and ingredients always makes my day, so I am sure it would for you too!

    • PhoenixV profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Next time I'm in Cali I'm gonna remember to find these places.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much, Simone!

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a fantastic idea for a hub! I've often found myself wondering where I can find certain ethnic food shops and the like. This shall be a fantastic guide to anyone hankering for some excellent Italian ingredients. If only someone did one for the Bay Area, hahaa- I'd use it like a bible!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)