3 of LA's Best Markets for Authentic Gourmet Italian Ingredients


If you’re planning a night in with some homemade Italian food, you’re going to want to visit an Italian market for the most authentic gourmet ingredients and sides. And although Los Angeles isn’t known for having a large Italian population like those found in New York or Philadelphia, the City of Angels has some great purveyors of Italian flavors. However, you’re going to have a hard time keeping your appetite when visiting these markets, hey also have quick-serve counters and are quite popular for their fresh breads and delicious sandwiches.

Photo Courtesy of A-1 Imported Groceries
A-1 Imported Groceries

Filled with hard-to-find Italian imports, A-1 Imported Groceries is chock-full of genuine Italian products and ingredients. Their meat counter is rather popular for cold cuts, but the shop’s large selection of cheeses and balsamic vinegars will make you want to rush home and get cooking right away. 

348 W. 8th St. San Pedro | 310.833.3430

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Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese

Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese is fairly small as a grocery store, but is often a busy lunch spot, and their selection of wines is incredible. As you might also expect from the name of the shop, their cheeses are likewise superb, but so is everything else they offer. Additional choices include imported gourmet spreads, crackers and chocolate.

223 N Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles| 323.856.8699

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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

Filled with imported and domestic goods that hail from not only Italy but also Greece, France, Spain and more, Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery is where you’re going to want to shop if you want to prepare an impressive European-themed spread. Their gourmet olives are unbeatable in the greater LA area. No matter what you’re shopping for, make sure to grab a container or two to see what the fuss is about. This location also carries gift baskets and novelties, making it a great place to stop before heading to a hosted gathering.

1517 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica | 310.395.8279