The Gourmet Italian Market Of Our Dreams


One of our favorite gourmet shops is Bay Cities Italian Bakery and Deli. It’s been an institution in Santa Monica since 1925, serving freshly made Italian food and groceries and it just keeps getting better.


The deli is always our first stop because there is usually a wait.  We grab a number and peruse the hot and cold delights overflowing the cases.


The electronic menu on the wall lists sandwiches they prepare on the spot, that are some of the tasties in Los Angeles.


Like most of LA we can’t get enough of the godmother, a harmonious marriage of Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto and provolone cheese on a chewy roll.  We like ours spicy and with the works which includes lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard and a hot, crunchy, pepper relish.


The combination of spicy heat on the tongue is soothed by he smooth and creamy mayo and hearty deli meats. The godmother definitely ranks as one of Los Angeles’ best sandwiches.


But Bay Cities is a lot more than a sandwich shop. Refrigerated cases display  imported European butters, gourmet items and prepakaged ready to go Italian meatballs, entrees and sauces.


While aisles of dried, canned, jared and prepackaged imported and locally produced items can keep us wandering these halls for hours.


The cheese section alone is a party waiting to happen.


And an outdoor seating area is the perfect spot for a quick lunch.


For some of the cities best Italian entrees and sandwiches plus all the paraphernalia one could need for lunch, dinner or a well stocked cocktail party, Bay Cities is our one stop shop.

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery, 1517 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Phone – 310-395-8279          web site –

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