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Title: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: TonyClifton on September 29, 2020, 06:51:10 PM
Hey all,

I'm here in Los Angeles, the eastside, and been ordering my ezzo and even my grande cheese. I feel like my markets are definitely lacking in provolone and mozzarella options to make a cheese blend and what else can I do for pepperoni?

Anyone have any good suggestions for somewhere I can go local rather then ordering my cheese and ezzo products? Just it's more expensive and I really hate the excessive packaging that comes along with ordering food items.

Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on September 30, 2020, 12:34:47 AM
Hey all,

I'm here in Los Angeles, the eastside, and been ordering my ezzo and even my grande cheese. I feel like my markets are definitely lacking in provolone and mozzarella options to make a cheese blend and what else can I do for pepperoni?

Anyone have any good suggestions for somewhere I can go local rather then ordering my cheese and ezzo products? Just it's more expensive and I really hate the excessive packaging that comes along with ordering food items.

Thanks so much!
Wish I could find some enzo locally
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: jvp123 on October 06, 2020, 09:24:31 AM
Hey all,

I'm here in Los Angeles, the eastside, and been ordering my ezzo and even my grande cheese. I feel like my markets are definitely lacking in provolone and mozzarella options to make a cheese blend and what else can I do for pepperoni?

Anyone have any good suggestions for somewhere I can go local rather then ordering my cheese and ezzo products? Just it's more expensive and I really hate the excessive packaging that comes along with ordering food items.

Thanks so much!

Would love to find some grande in LA too.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on October 14, 2020, 12:46:50 AM
Would love to find some grande in LA too.

You can buy Grande in Los Angeles.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on October 19, 2020, 07:36:33 PM
You can buy Grande in Los Angeles.

Can you share where you've found it?

my search so far led me to Tama Trading who carries the two things I'm looking for currently - hormel rosa grande (uncut) and grande WMM (loaves).  They seemed willing to deal with me for will-call, but they aren't able to do less than a case which in the case of the WMM means around 25 kilos of cheese which is simply outside my ability to refrigerate or freeze.  I asked if they could refer me to markets they sell those things to and got two leads:

Cortina's in Anaheim - https://cortinasitalianfood.com/anaheim
Cavaretta's in Canoga Park - https://www.cavarettasdeli.com/

I have an e-mail out to the person at Tama that I spoke with to see if he can find any other leads.


Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on October 19, 2020, 11:50:48 PM
Can you share where you've found it?

my search so far led me to Tama Trading who carries the two things I'm looking for currently - hormel rosa grande (uncut) and grande WMM (loaves).  They seemed willing to deal with me for will-call, but they aren't able to do less than a case which in the case of the WMM means around 25 kilos of cheese which is simply outside my ability to refrigerate or freeze.  I asked if they could refer me to markets they sell those things to and got two leads:

Cortina's in Anaheim - https://cortinasitalianfood.com/anaheim
Cavaretta's in Canoga Park - https://www.cavarettasdeli.com/

I have an e-mail out to the person at Tama that I spoke with to see if he can find any other leads.

I can share with you.  You went to my go to place, Tama.  I don't think in terms of Kilos, I am American, but in pounds I recall they require you to spend something like $96 or so for loafs, how many that is I don't know but way more I need to spend and can use and store.  So my contact at Tama offered me shredded and all I needed to buy was one bag which was $20 for a 5 pound bag.  I would prefer a loaf and shred my own but I do like Grande so I just went with shredded.  My contact at Tama suggested I buy a box of pepperoni so I did.  This was like 7 months ago and I still have a lot.  It is Swiss brand and it's great. 

Recently I just bought a loaf of Bella Rosana LMWM at Costco Business.  I have used it in the past and it's very good.  I may go back to Tama and get some shrreded  Grande again.  I like the Bella tho so maybe stick with that.  I have to see if it melts the same as Grande.  I feel the Bella Rosana melts very nicely but I need to see if it melts with that orange color like Grande.  When it gets to the point of orange that is when the Grande classic flavor comes out.  Until you get that orange it's sort of bland.  i want to see if the Rosano gets that orange.  I made a pie with Rosano and didn't get the orange but tha'ts because I was doing a parbake experiment.  So I need to bake it like I do the Grande pies and see if I get the orange.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on October 20, 2020, 01:37:29 PM
Wish I could find some enzo locally

Surfas in mid city sells pre-sliced vacuum packed ezzo, just picked some up from them a few days ago. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on October 20, 2020, 01:41:06 PM
It seems like there are enough of us in this thread that we could split off a case of Grande from Tama if everyone wanted to get a couple of the WMM loaves.  I believe one case is 8 loaves. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on October 20, 2020, 02:42:15 PM
It seems like there are enough of us in this thread that we could split off a case of Grande from Tama if everyone wanted to get a couple of the WMM loaves.  I believe one case is 8 loaves.

If we can find four of us here locally in So Cal then yes splitting a case of 8 is very reasonable. 

Let's take a head count.  I just bought a loaf of Bella Rosano so I am good for a month but if we were to buy a case who is in?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on October 20, 2020, 02:45:27 PM
Here is Bella Rosano.  very good.  I will make a pie Saturday and see if I can get the same melt and flavor as Grande.  I know uncooked they taste a little different but cooked I want to see what I can get.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on October 20, 2020, 08:55:40 PM
If we can find four of us here locally in So Cal then yes splitting a case of 8 is very reasonable. 

Let's take a head count.  I just bought a loaf of Bella Rosano so I am good for a month but if we were to buy a case who is in?

i'm in for 2 loaves of grande WMM if a split were to be arranged.  plus if someone wanted to go splits on hormel rosa grande i'd be all for it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on October 21, 2020, 03:53:32 PM
spoke to cavaretta's (canoga park) on the phone, they don't stock the rosa grande (they carry margherita sticks though) but they do have grande WMM loaves and will sell arbitrary sizes or slices - $6.99/lb. 

cortina's (anaheim) does not have the rosa grande either, but does have grande WMM loaves @ $41.39 for the full 7lb.  they normally stock rosa grande and expect it might be back in stock friday.

if we can manage a little mini LA group buy from tama the savings will be nice, and probably a much shorter drive for everyone since the two delis are way out in the sticks. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on October 27, 2020, 01:00:36 PM
spoke to cavaretta's (canoga park) on the phone, they don't stock the rosa grande (they carry margherita sticks though) but they do have grande WMM loaves and will sell arbitrary sizes or slices - $6.99/lb. 

cortina's (anaheim) does not have the rosa grande either, but does have grande WMM loaves @ $41.39 for the full 7lb.  they normally stock rosa grande and expect it might be back in stock friday.

if we can manage a little mini LA group buy from tama the savings will be nice, and probably a much shorter drive for everyone since the two delis are way out in the sticks.

That is a good idea.  As for me I can't now because I recently bought a loaf of Bella Rosano at Costco business that should last awhile plus I have no room in the freezer.  But you have a good idea.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 13, 2020, 12:34:25 PM
Looks like people have already mentioned Tama Trading a few times. I had luck with them selling me a case (10 lb) of Rosa Grande Stick a couple of months ago. They said there was a shortage and they charged $8.25/lb which seemed high to me compared to other resources that seemed to price it a little more like $6-7/lb that are located in the northeast US or for wholesale.

If you're looking for a quick fix and need some Rosa Grande Stick for a little more (maybe more like $10-13/lb, but I forget), there's a spot that seems to stock it in Culver City (they also are supplied by Tama Trading, according to Tama). It's called Sorrento Italian Market. They also had some LM mozz loaves that I tried that were good, but I forget the pricing.

Regarding Cheese:

Restaurant Depot is currently wide open to the public and there are so many locations scattered throughout LA county and beyond. User Jsaras advised me that Van Nuys, CA RD carries the Saputo Gold and I've been loving that option lately. I haven't had Grande to bake with in a long time, so I can't really compare it directly, but I'd say they both scratch a similar itch for me when it comes to NY style pies.

Wholesale not open to public:

I'm not really too informed when it comes to these options as I am just "public" and don't have accounts with any wholesalers. That said, I spoke with a helpful rep from Hormel when trying to source Rosa Grande and he pointed me to the following options for those of you who have restaurants: Jacmar, Sysco, Shamrock, PFG & Tama. Apparently Jacmar had been open to the public during early COVID and they have Grande Cheese, too. Bummer that they're no longer open to the public! I missed out.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 13, 2020, 01:06:52 PM
I have seen Saputo Gold at RD in Pasadena (CA) but shredded.  Never saw the loaf at RD.  Was it shredded or loaf you saw?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 13, 2020, 01:13:12 PM
I have seen Saputo Gold at RD in Pasadena (CA) but shredded.  Never saw the loaf at RD.  Was it shredded or loaf you saw?

I've never seen shredded! I've been to Pasadena and all I've found was Supremo and Galbani and no Saputo of either type.

At RD Van Nuys it's always loaf. It's been in stock every single time except for once out of maybe 10 trips I've made there so far.

I also learned that if you go on instacart.com you can enter addresses in different locations and view the stock of the RD/Jetro in different locations. It's probably not fool proof but it gives you an idea if they have something in stock or not at least. I'm guessing phone calls probably do the same job, now that I type this out.


Price for Saputo Gold loaves seems to be higher every time I go. It was $3.20 in Sept and $3.89 yesterday. I think yesterdays case price was 3.71 if you bought a box of 6 loaves.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 13, 2020, 01:17:38 PM
I've never seen shredded! I've been to Pasadena and all I've found was Supremo and Galbani and no Saputo of either type.

At RD Van Nuys it's always loaf. It's been in stock every single time except for once out of maybe 10 trips I've made there so far.

I also learned that if you go on instacart.com you can enter addresses in different locations and view the stock of the RD/Jetro in different locations. It's probably not fool proof but it gives you an idea if they have something in stock or not at least. I'm guessing phone calls probably do the same job, now that I type this out.

Thanks for the info on Instacart I will try it out.  If Van Nuys has it I will go there for it.  I can drive there in 30 minutes non-traffic conditions.  I have heard so much good about that cheese.  Although I did like Grande I found that Bella Rosano is just as good and easier to get.  So I am looking forward to trying Saputo Gold too.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 13, 2020, 01:27:17 PM
For those who are also noting the rising cheese prices, Walter posted this thread recently https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=66066.0
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 15, 2020, 02:12:06 AM
I went to Pasadena RD and asked if I wanted the Saputo Gold can they just order it for me since RD has it in their system but the manager said no.  They have the shredded but I prefer the loaf.  Manager was very nice.  He said they didn't sell it because they had it once but it didn't sell.  They took a loss by blowing it out just to unload it.  They said the big seller is the California Gold.  He said some brands sell more and different locations.  He also said that the Van Nuys store is the busiest RD in So Cal.  He said call Van Nuys before I go to make sure they have it in stock before I go.  I still have enough Bella Rosano so don't need any now. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on November 15, 2020, 02:41:16 AM
Looks like people have already mentioned Tama Trading a few times. I had luck with them selling me a case (10 lb) of Rosa Grande Stick a couple of months ago. They said there was a shortage and they charged $8.25/lb which seemed high to me compared to other resources that seemed to price it a little more like $6-7/lb that are located in the northeast US or for wholesale.


I ended up going to tama and grabbing a case of rosa grande and a case of grande WMM, the rosa grande was $7.50/lb x 10lbs, the case of grande WMM was $4.75/lb x 54.3lbs (8 loaves).  Cash sale, will-call, they had it pulled pretty quickly as I was there about 20 minutes after calling my order in.

I wouldn't hesitate to go there again, although it may be some time before I get through this purchase as I believe I've got about 70 pizzas worth of cheese on hand now.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 15, 2020, 02:55:33 AM
I ended up going to tama and grabbing a case of rosa grande and a case of grande WMM, the rosa grande was $7.50/lb x 10lbs, the case of grande WMM was $4.75/lb x 54.3lbs (8 loaves).  Cash sale, will-call, they had it pulled pretty quickly as I was there about 20 minutes after calling my order in.

I wouldn't hesitate to go there again, although it may be some time before I get through this purchase as I believe I've got about 70 pizzas worth of cheese on hand now.

Congrats.  When I bought pepperoni there it was a box of Swiss brand but I forget how many pounds it was.  I am still using it now and it is great quality.   That is too many loafs for me because I don't have enough freezer space for that.  This is why I decided to stick with Bella Rosano which I feel is excellent.  Better than Grande?  I don't know because although I used both I would need an AB comparison.  With the rave reviews of Saputo Gold and ability to get one loaf at a time I am going to try it.

Did you make a pizza yet with your Grande?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on November 15, 2020, 03:17:56 AM
Congrats.  When I bought pepperoni there it was a box of Swiss brand but I forget how many pounds it was.  I am still using it now and it is great quality.   That is too many loafs for me because I don't have enough freezer space for that.  This is why I decided to stick with Bella Rosano which I feel is excellent.  Better than Grande?  I don't know because although I used both I would need an AB comparison.  With the rave reviews of Saputo Gold and ability to get one loaf at a time I am going to try it.

Did you make a pizza yet with your Grande?

I did.  I had bought two loaves from the spot down in anaheim prior to buying the case from tama, so I knew I wanted it.  Did a bunch of blind testing with friends (tomatoes, pepperoni, cheese) as a control against my expectations and everything was more or less unanimously in line with my ideas and the knowledge from here - rosa grande, stanislaus tomatoes, grande cheese.  haven't tried saputo but the grande was much better than the contenders - primo italiano, galbani profesionale, regular galbani loaf (not profesionale).

 I'm currently working through the loser cheese loaves while I am fiddling with sicilian/grandma dough formula tweaking and am excited to get back to the grande stash.  it's been a nonstop stream of notes, reading, math, and kitchen work to crank sicilian after sicilian out of my poor little domestic oven every single day for weeks now.  but the pies are getting better and better. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: pixelforest on November 15, 2020, 03:21:48 AM
one thing i am now sorta looking for is lioni fresh mozz loaves.  haven't turned up a supplier yet, and it doesn't seem like anyone else is really selling a fresh mozzzarella loaf that i could throw into the deli slicer.  lioni lists two suppliers in california but they're both bougie cheese shops that don't appear to sell the fresh mozzarella loaves.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 15, 2020, 10:43:24 AM
How do you have space to store so much?  You have an extra freezer?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 15, 2020, 07:45:53 PM
one thing i am now sorta looking for is lioni fresh mozz loaves.  haven't turned up a supplier yet, and it doesn't seem like anyone else is really selling a fresh mozzzarella loaf that i could throw into the deli slicer.  lioni lists two suppliers in california but they're both bougie cheese shops that don't appear to sell the fresh mozzarella loaves.

I was recently on this quest as well and turned up the bougie cheese shops. I have a feeling it would be easier to get my hands on some when I'm back east and then just bring it back here. If I manage to do that I'll message you.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 15, 2020, 10:41:51 PM
Not to get too far off topic here, but I just learned that there is a Prince St Pizza newly opened here in LA and they use that Lioni Latticini fresh mozz loaf on their squares as I understand it from some other threads within pizzamaking.com. So maybe there'll be hope for us getting some locally!
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on November 16, 2020, 06:53:29 PM
Not to get too far off topic here, but I just learned that there is a Prince St Pizza newly opened here in LA and they use that Lioni Latticini fresh mozz loaf on their squares as I understand it from some other threads within pizzamaking.com. So maybe there'll be hope for us getting some locally!

Thanks for the heads up on this.  I didn't know that and definitely want to try it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on November 17, 2020, 12:09:50 PM
Yeah! I've actually only had Prince St. once in NY, but I'm eager to see how it is here.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on December 01, 2020, 03:54:04 AM
I've never seen shredded! I've been to Pasadena and all I've found was Supremo and Galbani and no Saputo of either type.

At RD Van Nuys it's always loaf. It's been in stock every single time except for once out of maybe 10 trips I've made there so far.

I also learned that if you go on instacart.com you can enter addresses in different locations and view the stock of the RD/Jetro in different locations. It's probably not fool proof but it gives you an idea if they have something in stock or not at least. I'm guessing phone calls probably do the same job, now that I type this out.


Price for Saputo Gold loaves seems to be higher every time I go. It was $3.20 in Sept and $3.89 yesterday. I think yesterdays case price was 3.71 if you bought a box of 6 loaves.

I just ran out of Bella Rosano and figured I should try some Saputo Gold so I went to van Nuys.  Of course when I got out to VN my GPS sent me to the wrong place so I tried again and GPS sent me to the right place.  The lengths we go to make pizza. It was a beautiful afternoon in the SF Valley.  Bought the SG.  Interestingly enough it looks very much like Grande and both are made in Wisconsin and some of you say it is just like Grande.  Huh... Interesting. The label looks different than the label of what is pictured on the Internet BUT it is SG nevertheless. The shelf only had one left but I noticed below there was about for boxes of it with one open so I grabbed one from an open box.   I will try it on Wednesday or Thursday.  I am pretty excited to try it out. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on December 03, 2020, 01:32:57 AM
PizzaEater101,

That's great that you got the Saputo Gold! I'm excited to hear how you like it and maybe see some pics.

I haven't had grande in ages, but it does remind me of it somewhat. In my memory, the grande WMLMM gave me a little more of that beautiful orange grease on top of the pie. That said, Saputo might be doing that just as well if I had a broiler element on the top of my oven as I did back when I tried grande.

And regarding the RD Van Nuys stock situation - I ran into the same thing and a worker helped me out by taking loaves out of the cases and bringing them to the nearby scale for labeling for individual sale.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: thedoctaaa on July 09, 2021, 02:35:50 AM
Whereís the best spot to find some Grande cheese in LA?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on July 24, 2021, 10:49:54 PM
Whereís the best spot to find some Grande cheese in LA?

As mentioned above Tama Trading in the downtown LA area.  You can buy a bag of shredded but if you want a loaf you have to buy a minimum amount which may be 5 loafs for around $100 but you need serious space in the freezer.  To buy smaller amounts but more costly per pound you can buy in Pasadena at Roma Market on North Lake.  Pay more per pound but you don't have to buy and store a large amount either.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on July 24, 2021, 10:53:54 PM
PizzaEater101,

That's great that you got the Saputo Gold! I'm excited to hear how you like it and maybe see some pics.

I haven't had grande in ages, but it does remind me of it somewhat. In my memory, the grande WMLMM gave me a little more of that beautiful orange grease on top of the pie. That said, Saputo might be doing that just as well if I had a broiler element on the top of my oven as I did back when I tried grande.

And regarding the RD Van Nuys stock situation - I ran into the same thing and a worker helped me out by taking loaves out of the cases and bringing them to the nearby scale for labeling for individual sale.

I'm sorry, I never responded to you. I meant to but didn't right away then I forgot.  I don't have pics but I can say I liked it.  I think I like Grande better but it was close and more worth it per pound than the Grande.  Honestly as much as I like Grande I think I am going to stick with Bella Rosano from Costco business.  Like Saputo it is a great price and comes close enough for Grande like quality. 

Have you made pizza lately and what cheese did you use?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on July 26, 2021, 05:03:44 PM
I'm sorry, I never responded to you. I meant to but didn't right away then I forgot.  I don't have pics but I can say I liked it.  I think I like Grande better but it was close and more worth it per pound than the Grande.  Honestly as much as I like Grande I think I am going to stick with Bella Rosano from Costco business.  Like Saputo it is a great price and comes close enough for Grande like quality. 

Have you made pizza lately and what cheese did you use?

Hi PizzaEater101 -

Please don't worry about the delay in response - I'm not always checking in here regularly myself. I've been making pizzas most recently with Saputo but before that I'd been using Grande from Tama Trading as mentioned above.

 
Your experience sounds about like my experience! I find that the Saputo is a great value and is close in quality. I prefer the Grande a bit but it is quite a difference in price - seems to melt better and look a little better and taste a little beter.

I don't have a costco business account but I know there's a Costco Business center in Commerce that I've gotten gas at. Curious about that Bella Rosano now!
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: Quebert on July 26, 2021, 06:14:19 PM
I really want to try Saputo Gold or Grande,  I use Galbani Mozzarella in 5lb loaves from Smart & Final. I like it, but I don't have anything to compare it to outside of Boar's Head and Belgioioso.  Boar's head is good but would bankrupt me if I tried to use it exclusively lol.  I get the Galbani for $12 right now.  I know they're way more $$$ but I bet both the Saputo or Grande would be a big step up in the quality of my pizzas. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on July 26, 2021, 08:31:46 PM
Hi PizzaEater101 -

Please don't worry about the delay in response - I'm not always checking in here regularly myself. I've been making pizzas most recently with Saputo but before that I'd been using Grande from Tama Trading as mentioned above.

 
Your experience sounds about like my experience! I find that the Saputo is a great value and is close in quality. I prefer the Grande a bit but it is quite a difference in price - seems to melt better and look a little better and taste a little beter.

I don't have a costco business account but I know there's a Costco Business center in Commerce that I've gotten gas at. Curious about that Bella Rosano now!

The Costco Business in Commerce is the exact one I go to.  You don't need a special account for shopping there.  If you have a regular Costco membership you can shop there.  I still have some shredded Grande from Tama Trading so I have to finish that but after I will get Bella Rosno from Costo Business.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on July 26, 2021, 08:35:07 PM
I really want to try Saputo Gold or Grande,  I use Galbani Mozzarella in 5lb loaves from Smart & Final. I like it, but I don't have anything to compare it to outside of Boar's Head and Belgioioso.  Boar's head is good but would bankrupt me if I tried to use it exclusively lol.  I get the Galbani for $12 right now.  I know they're way more $$$ but I bet both the Saputo or Grande would be a big step up in the quality of my pizzas.

I have heard good things about Galbani. 

Some of the RD locations sell Saputo loafs but not all of them.  Maybe near you they have it.  I live east of Los Angeles and of all the different locations in So Call within 30 miles only the Van Nuys location had it so I went there.  It's about 25 miles from me.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaSean on July 29, 2021, 02:35:40 PM
The Costco Business in Commerce is the exact one I go to.  You don't need a special account for shopping there.  If you have a regular Costco membership you can shop there.  I still have some shredded Grande from Tama Trading so I have to finish that but after I will get Bella Rosno from Costo Business.

Oh that's so funny, for some reason I thought that my regular Costco card was no good at that location. I'm excited to try a loaf of the Bella Rosno! Do you remember what the price per lb tends to be like?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on July 29, 2021, 08:49:52 PM
Oh that's so funny, for some reason I thought that my regular Costco card was no good at that location. I'm excited to try a loaf of the Bella Rosno! Do you remember what the price per lb tends to be like?
I go there for the cheese and sausage crumble 10lb box.  It's pretty good.  Also Bought the pepperoni and still use it but it's cut to thin. I won't but it again

Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 01, 2021, 10:49:15 AM
Oh that's so funny, for some reason I thought that my regular Costco card was no good at that location. I'm excited to try a loaf of the Bella Rosno! Do you remember what the price per lb tends to be like?

Off hand I don't recall but it's probably about $2.50 a LB.  Don't go on a Sunday because unlike the regular Costco it is closed Sundays. 

If you buy the Bella Rosano (BR) please post how you like it.  I feel it's on par with Grande.  I think Grande is slightly above it but not enough to justify the price of Grande.   The BR is whole milk but there also is another brand that is part skim.  I'd go with the WM by BR but just saying they have PS also.

Many people dislike pre shredded Moz because the bags have that has potato starch on the Moz to prevent clumping and they feel it changes the melt or flavor, and also they want to shred it themself or slice it.  To me I don't mind the Grande shredded I get at Tama Trading because Grande has no potato starch, they spray it with some special gas that prevents clumping.  But once you open and put what you don't use in a zip lock freezer bag it will clump, but no big deal to me.  And I usually would shred Moz rather than slice it so if it's pre-shredded less work for me.  So the Grande is fine BUT I think I will go back to Bella Rosano because it's less money and just as good but first I must finish off what Grande I have left. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 01, 2021, 10:52:05 AM
I go there for the cheese and sausage crumble 10lb box.  It's pretty good.  Also Bought the pepperoni and still use it but it's cut to thin. I won't but it again

Jerry

It's nice to see local to So Cal people here.  You and PizzaSean.  If you go to Restaurant Depot they have good pepperoni slices and I don't think it's so thin.  Also maybe you can go to Tama Trading in DTLA and get Swiss brand pepperoni.  It's very good.  You just need enough freezer space because it's such a huge amount.  Sam e for RD.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 01, 2021, 10:53:50 AM
I go there for the cheese and sausage crumble 10lb box.  It's pretty good.  Also Bought the pepperoni and still use it but it's cut to thin. I won't but it again

Jerry

What cheese?  Bella Rosano WM Moz?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: Quebert on August 01, 2021, 03:00:50 PM
I dunno if this is all So Cal locations, but the 2 Walmarts by me have 1lb bags of Margherita thick sliced Pepperoni. I'd say they're around 3mm thick.  I also don't know how they compare to the fancy brands RD and those places sell, but to me they're tasty and definitely thick, they cup up nice in my Ooni too. Also nice I can buy them at 2 store within 4 miles of my house, and it's only 1 pound so I don't need a dedicated freezer for my Pepperoni lol.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: rkrider99 on August 01, 2021, 04:09:36 PM
Oh that's so funny, for some reason I thought that my regular Costco card was no good at that location. I'm excited to try a loaf of the Bella Rosno! Do you remember what the price per lb tends to be like?

I've bought Bella Rosano from Costco since 12/12/2017. I have a picture, which I think I posted somewhere on this site, that showed the price at $1.88 a pound. In 2018 the price was $1.98 a pound. In 2019, $1.89, and Nov 2020 it was $2.99.
This past February, when I purchased it, $2.66 a pound. I buy the whole case, divide it into 1 - 1.25 lb chunks, and vacuum pack them. It's usually gone in around 26-30 weeks, depending on how many pizzas I make.

As a matter of fact, I have 2 one pound chunks left. Time for another trip.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 01, 2021, 05:49:46 PM
What cheese?  Bella Rosano WM Moz?
Yes. I like it a lot.   I've never been to a rd or Tama.  I do need to find a good pepperoni. I'd like to try enzos but shipping is a killer

Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 01, 2021, 05:54:55 PM
I've bought Bella Rosano from Costco since 12/12/2017. I have a picture, which I think I posted somewhere on this site, that showed the price at $1.88 a pound. In 2018 the price was $1.98 a pound. In 2019, $1.89, and Nov 2020 it was $2.99.
This past February, when I purchased it, $2.66 a pound. I buy the whole case, divide it into 1 - 1.25 lb chunks, and vacuum pack them. It's usually gone in around 26-30 weeks, depending on how many pizzas I make.

As a matter of fact, I have 2 one pound chunks left. Time for another trip.
I saw your original post and copied your system but I only but 2 or 3 blocks

Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 01, 2021, 07:36:50 PM
Yes. I like it a lot.   I've never been to a rd or Tama.  I do need to find a good pepperoni. I'd like to try enzos but shipping is a killer

Jerry

Yeah if you ever need anything from Tama I'll give you my contact info.  You can't just go there, you need to call and order then go to the Will Call and pay cash.  I really like that Swiss brand they carry.  Cups really nicely and taste great.

Swiss American brand -

https://www.burkecorp.com/fully-cooked-meats/swiss-american-sausage-co/#:~:text=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Species,%2019-20%20Slices%2Foz%20%207%20more%20rows%20
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 02, 2021, 10:39:46 AM
Yeah if you ever need anything from Tama I'll give you my contact info.  You can't just go there, you need to call and order then go to the Will Call and pay cash.  I really like that Swiss brand they carry.  Cups really nicely and taste great.

Swiss American brand -

https://www.burkecorp.com/fully-cooked-meats/swiss-american-sausage-co/#:~:text=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Species,%2019-20%20Slices%2Foz%20%207%20more%20rows%20
I'll definitely hit you up for the contact soon.  I want to try a deep cupping pepperoni or any good quality one

Which one have you tried and liked??

I'll be fishing in Alaska next week. So after the trip I'll go

I have a freezer in the garage so I have a lot of storage but after the fishing trip it will probably be full

Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 02, 2021, 04:08:48 PM
I'll definitely hit you up for the contact soon.  I want to try a deep cupping pepperoni or any good quality one

Which one have you tried and liked??

I'll be fishing in Alaska next week. So after the trip I'll go

I have a freezer in the garage so I have a lot of storage but after the fishing trip it will probably be full

Jerry

The only pepperoni I have tried recently was the Swiss brand and it's very good and cups.  I don't recall brand names of the stick pepperoni I have used and cut myself.  I probably have used Hormel's in  small packages from the grocery store.  Recently I b ought a bag from Smart & Final but I forgot the brand.  Was on sale. 
Was good but Swiss brand was better.

Was at RD this morning to look and found these but didnít buy.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: Quebert on August 02, 2021, 08:28:22 PM
Okay, can someone please explain to me what the hell "the performance pepperoni" and "BOLD sliced" mean?
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 02, 2021, 10:44:34 PM
Okay, can someone please explain to me what the hell "the performance pepperoni" and "BOLD sliced" mean?

LOL. I was wondering the same thing.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 03, 2021, 01:08:20 AM
The only pepperoni I have tried recently was the Swiss brand and it's very good and cups.  I don't recall brand names of the stick pepperoni I have used and cut myself.  I probably have used Hormel's in  small packages from the grocery store.  Recently I b ought a bag from Smart & Final but I forgot the brand.  Was on sale. 
Was good but Swiss brand was better.

Was at RD this morning to look and found these but didnít buy.

On the Tama website they show several SWiss Brand Pepperoni Thats what I was asking about.   Would probably try the cup Just wondering if you tried it.


Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 03, 2021, 01:21:27 AM
Yeah if you ever need anything from Tama I'll give you my contact info.  You can't just go there, you need to call and order then go to the Will Call and pay cash.  I really like that Swiss brand they carry.  Cups really nicely and taste great.

Swiss American brand -

https://www.burkecorp.com/fully-cooked-meats/swiss-american-sausage-co/#:~:text=%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Species,%2019-20%20Slices%2Foz%20%207%20more%20rows%20


Just realized this link is to Burke and not Tama Trading   Just went to Tamas website and viewed their product list.   Its huge!!!   Didnt see Swiss brand Pepperoni but did see cup and char so maybe thats it.

Also saw Cuputo Pizzaria blue flour.    Might have to get a bag from them if the price is right.   Im almost out   Have about 10 lbs left.


Jerry
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 03, 2021, 07:31:03 PM

Just realized this link is to Burke and not Tama Trading   Just went to Tamas website and viewed their product list.   Its huge!!!   Didnt see Swiss brand Pepperoni but did see cup and char so maybe thats it.

Also saw Cuputo Pizzaria blue flour.    Might have to get a bag from them if the price is right.   Im almost out   Have about 10 lbs left.


Jerry

No Swiss brand there anymore.  Had no idea.  They may have it but not listed.  Send me a private message and Iíll give you the number for my contact.  You call and ask about what you want and she can let you know.


Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 03, 2021, 07:43:07 PM
Here is a couple of pics of a pizza from last year.  I had to go back to an old post of mine.  I didn't still have a pic on my computer but an old post it was there.  I am out of Swiss brand but I know at the time I posted this I had Swiss brand.  You can see if you like the way it looks and cups.  Cheese is the pre-shredded Grande. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: halfprice on August 04, 2021, 05:22:41 PM
No Swiss brand there anymore.  Had no idea.  They may have it but not listed.  Send me a private message and Iíll give you the number for my contact.  You call and ask about what you want and she can let you know.
Pm sent
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 05, 2021, 11:00:08 AM
Here is a pepperoni comparison.  No Swiss brand here but you all saw my pics of the pizza I made with Swiss brand.  They mention the Bold Pepperoni.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvmfCGXZdu4
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 05, 2021, 11:06:49 AM
I looked up Burke Pepperoni since they make Swiss American brand.  Not sure what he means by the Swiss being west coast style but regardless it does cup good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2kZcs0iMyU
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: rkrider99 on August 13, 2021, 02:26:22 PM
Just as a follow-up to the Bella Rosano mozzarella info.

I stopped at Costco Business Center on Wednesday to stock up for the next 26 weeks. Bella Rosano is back to $1.89 a pound here in Florida. They had plenty of it.

One thing I noticed on the sign was shelf life good for 120 day from date of manufacture. All the boxes and loaves that were there were dated sell by 11/3/2021 or 11/9/2021, so they must get regular shipments and based on the dates it's pretty fresh.

They also had North Lake part skim mozzarella cheese right next to the Bella Rosano. Funny thing, exact same box, exact same price, exact same packaging, so either Bella Rosano makes North Lake or vice versa.

Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 13, 2021, 03:56:30 PM
rk, I don't have any of these brands now but I think they are indeed made by the same company just different names and one is WM and one PSM. 

Do you know where they are made?  I think are both made in Hayward, CA.  If so then I would say made by same company. 

By the way, Bella is such good cheese I am gonna stick with that even though I have access to Grande.  Grande cost more but not much if any better than Bella, plus Bella is no hassle to get a hold of.  Grande takes some work getting. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: rkrider99 on August 13, 2021, 05:28:41 PM
Just looked at the label.
It says Distributed By: Pacific Cheese Co., Hayward, CA.
I don't know if they are a manufacturer, or just a wholesaler.
The company provides cheese of various brands, such as Cheswick, North Beach, California Select Farms, Bellafoglia and Grand European.

They have plants in Hayward, CA, Reno, NV, and Amarillo, TX.

Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 14, 2021, 12:07:22 AM
Just looked at the label.
It says Distributed By: Pacific Cheese Co., Hayward, CA.
I don't know if they are a manufacturer, or just a wholesaler.
The company provides cheese of various brands, such as Cheswick, North Beach, California Select Farms, Bellafoglia and Grand European.

They have plants in Hayward, CA, Reno, NV, and Amarillo, TX.

Thanks for checking on that.  I don't have a lot of freezer or refrig space but if I did I would most likely buy Bella and North Beach and shred some for pizza.  I'd do half Bella and North Beach.  I'd have half WM and half PSM.  I think that would turn out pretty good but since I have only space for one loaf at a time I would go with the Bella because I like WM over PSM but a combo of the two may be pretty good.  In fact I've done that before but with small one pound portions because of limited space.  Haven't done that in a while though.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: TonyClifton on August 18, 2021, 06:34:54 PM
Anyone know if the Costco Business in North Hollywood has Bella? And it is only at business costco locations?

Thanks
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 18, 2021, 10:05:27 PM
Anyone know if the Costco Business in North Hollywood has Bella? And it is only at business costco locations?

Thanks

I was there in December 2020 and they had it but that was 3/4 of a year ago but if I was a betting man I would say they have it since they had it then. I see it each time I go to City of Commerce.  What part of LA are you driving from?  If not too far City of Commerce and it will be there for sure. 
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: TonyClifton on August 19, 2021, 11:44:58 AM
I'm in echo park so I'll try the North Hollywood Costco busniess in the next few days and can let you know if they still have it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: PizzaEater101 on August 20, 2021, 07:53:02 PM
I'm in echo park so I'll try the North Hollywood Costco busniess in the next few days and can let you know if they still have it.

They probably do otherwise go to Commerce because they always have it.
Title: Re: Los Angeles where to shop
Post by: Zing on August 21, 2021, 11:57:15 PM
Okay, can someone please explain to me what the hell "the performance pepperoni" and "BOLD sliced" mean?
Ah, marketing people.

As for the "Performance" claim, I think they are trying to say it won't go booga booga on you. See the video on this page:
https://www.hormelfoodservice.com/products/hormelr-pepperoni-fresh-16-slicesoz-212-5-lb/

About "Bold", they have brought out a spicier blend of pepperoni that they also put up in retail packages for supermarket sales. Not quite hot enough to make people's eyes water. One of their product pages states: "It has a bold flavor with extra garlic, black & cayenne pepper, and paprika." From this page:
https://www.hormelfoodservice.com/products/hormel-performance-pepperoni-bold-14-sloz-212-5-fresh/

EDITED to list the spices responsible for this spicier pepperoni.