Great little Italian Market in Arcadia

Claros Simple window display facing busy Huntington Drive in Arcadia
Claro's Simple window display facing busy Huntington Drive in Arcadia

For years I’ve heard about “a little Italian market in Arcadia”.  I never bothered to seek it out as I could get what I needed at an Toni’s or Pinocchio’s in Burbank.  Not seeking Claro’s out earlier was a mistake I quickly learned today.  Just getting out of the car I realized Claro’s Italian Market was going to be good.  I wish I had not put  off tracking Claro’s down as it is more of a market with a nice deli instead of the other way around.  The imported foodstuffs alone is worth the visit.

I can’t imagine where else in LA you can find a better selection of olive oils, tomato, cheese, polenta and who knows what else Italian, fobby or otherwise than here.  I was impressed.  The prices were good to outright cheap compared to regular chain stores in the area.   I’m about to be a regular there and can’t wait to sample even more of the fresh stuff as well as all the cheeses.

Details: Claro’s Italian Market. 19 1/2 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006 626-446-0275

Turns out they have 5 stores total.  Locations and more info on their web site.  More pics and a little bit more on my finds today. 

Rows and Rows of different olive oils, polenta and stuff all imported
Rows and Rows of different olive oils, polenta and stuff all imported
Pasta piled higher and deeper than I thought possible
Pasta piled higher and deeper than I thought possible
Tomatos, piled a higher and a deeper in a huge variety!
Tomatos, piled a higher and a deeper in a huge variety!
Big wads of fresh pizza dough at $1.69/lb!
Big wads of fresh pizza dough at $1.69/lb!
A nice pastry counter that sells out quick...teach me to arrive after the lunch rush!
A nice pastry counter that sells out quick…teach me to arrive after the lunch rush!
Claros has a huge selection of Italian flavorings which are hard to find in regular markets.
Claro's has a huge selection of Italian flavorings which are hard to find in regular markets.

All pic by me done incognito with the trusty phone cam. Visit Claro’s and see if you can get out without gaining just a few pounds by breathing! 

2 Replies to “Great little Italian Market in Arcadia”

  1. frazgo – you should have picked up the homemade, prepared lasagna for you & the nerdlings. heat and serve, baby. family favorite for us for years….

  2. ecryder – they are “geeklings” but you were close. I’ll take your recommendation on the lasagna. I was in to pick up rigatoni for stuffing as that is what is on tonights menu. Recipe will show up eventually on frazgo feasting.

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