Bay Cities

Deli in Santa Monica

The best Italian deli in LA, period. The signature sandwich is the sloppy, spicy Godmother (piled with salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone and pepper salad). It also has house-roasted tri-tip, eggplant parmigiana, tangy salads, imported meats, cheeses, breads and oils to salivate over. The outdoor seating is just OK, so we take ours to the beach or Hollywood Bowl.

Sandwiches take a while (they're worth the wait), but you can save yourself the hassle and order ahead online for speedy pickup.