Bay Cities Italian Deli

I think the East Coast has one major advantage over the West Coast…and that is their abundance of amazing delis. Fortunately for us Santa Monicans,  some adventurous Italians realized early on that Santa Monica is the place to be, so a delicious deli called Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery popped up here in 1925. I needed this gem when I got a random craving for prosciutto this weekend. So while we may not have a deli on every street corner, we do have at least one spectacular one that always satisfies my craving for a good deli sandwich.

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

The deli counter

Bay Cities is always packed so be prepared to grab a number from the counter and wait a while (it’s worth it). Their most famous sandwich is the Godmother. The Godmother is LA’s best sandwich.  It’s the perfect sandwich. It’s the sandwich you cant refuse. You know, it’s pretty much amazing. It’s even been featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” And, sidenote, if you don’t feel like waiting in line but you know the Godmother is the sandwich for you, you can grab a pre-made one in the little basket on the deli counter. They make them every few minutes so they are fresh!

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

The Godmother

The Godmother is loaded with salami, mortadella, capicola, prosciutto and more, neatly layered between crispy but soft bread drizzled with a homemade Italian dressing. Make your choice between a large or a small, but choose wisely, my friend; who knows how long it will be until you have one again… it’s really not something you should eat that often. But it’s good to splurge every now and then so I usually end up with a large heheh.

Besides the Godmother, Bay Cities offers many other excellent choices like the meatball sub and this monster that we don’t even know the name of.

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

My boyfriend ordered it and boy, was it delicious. You can find it in the front half of the deli near the heated section. It looks kind of like the Godmother but with pesto and some other sauce on it…whatever it was, it was amazing.

Bay Cities also offers tons of wines, cheeses, fresh pizza doughs, fresh homemade pastas, and more. You can find many international foods and ingredients here. My favorite item to buy is the truffle oil. Yum!

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

Bay Cities Italian Deli Santa Monica

Anyway, back to eating healthy again!

♥Santa Monica Life♥

One Response to “Bay Cities Italian Deli”
  1. This deli sounds amazing! Definitely stopping here next time I am in Santa Monica.

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