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mrosen814

Bay Cities Italian Deli - Santa Monica, CA

OK, this is a total shot in the dark, but I am looking for a recipe similar to the AMAZING sandwich rolls from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, CA.  These rolls have a great bubbly crust, chewy texture, and the flavor is insane!  If anyone has any insight on how to acquire a similar recipe, that would be very much appreictaed!

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dmsnyder

Hi, mrosen814.


I've never been to that deli, and I'm not sure what a "bubbly crust" is, but I make a sourdough Italian roll that has "chewy texture, and the flavor is insane." Is 2 out of 3 good enough?


See:http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/12583/today039s-breads-62109-italian-sd-rolls-amp-cinnamonraisinwalnut-bread-bba


The recipe is here:


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/12485/sourdough-italian-bread-and-sandwich-rolls


There have been some other recent threads on Italian Meatball Sandwiches. You might check them. They have other recipes for rolls that look pretty yummy.


David


 

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eschneider5

I too am looking for a recipe that can faithfully replicate the Bay Cities Roll.  I have scoured the internet and have some pictures that maybe some Fresh-loafers can figure out how to create this bread.  The crust is super bubbly and the interior is light and chewy.  It isn't like my favorite sourdough, but it may be the perfect sandwich roll!!  Any help is appreciated.




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eschneider5

The sandwich in the photos above are Bay Cities famous "Godmother".  Don't miss this if you are in Santa Monica, CA

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mrosen814

amazing...craving one now!  will have to make a trip out to samo this weekend!! i just want to spend a few hours in their bakery :)

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eschneider5

I'm jealous!  When I was in Brentwood, I was there every few weeks.  Now in Miami, I have to make a very special trip to get one.  Buy a loaf and take some pictures of it to post, I have scoured the baking websites with formula requests and any additional pictures of crust and crumb would help.  Do you think this is a sourdough?

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mrosen814

i would be very surprised if it wasn't some sort of sourdough actually....I also wouldn't mind their italian dressing recipe as well ;)


 


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mrfrost

Ever thought about calling the store/company to ask about the type of bread?


Not necessarily the recipe, just maybe what they call it, or any info at all that might be gleaned?


ps; upon checking their web site, it is probably just called an Italian roll.

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eschneider5

I guess it couldn't hurt...  I'll give it a try

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Yolandat

I think these rolls are call Filone. It involves a lengthy and slow fermentation. It contains a blend of natural sours and is characterised by a very moist crumb, superior crust and an unsurpassed flavour.


Yolanda

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secretgoldfish

Saturday I helped a friend move, and as thanks she bought me the Godmother with the works. It was my first trip in to Bay City. Sure enough, Floyd's new content notification the very next day offered this thread. The guy must read minds. Anyway, I like the Godmother, but the bread is what's really special. Did anyone ever determine if it really is il filone? It's an Italian deli/market, so that would make sense. 

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mrosen814

So, I asked one of the managers about the bread at bay cities while I was in the check out line...he wouldn't divulge too much info, but here are the things I discovered (which I kind of guessed already):


 


1. Long, slow overnight fermentation in the fridge


2. No use of sourdough 


3. Baked in steam injected oven