Giuliano’s Delicatessen and Bakery
3849 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Giuliano’s Delicatessen and Bakery is located in a freestanding building near the North/West corner of Torrance Blvd and Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance. Giuliano’s has both a small store offering Italian specialty foods and a full service deli counter offering everything from traditional sandwiches to fresh baked cookies. If you go for lunch, head directly to the back deli counter, place your order with the staff at the back, wait for your name to be called and pay at the register on the way out. There are all sorts of sodas and side dishes available so feel free to shop a bit while waiting for your lunch order. There is seating both inside and outside for those wishing to eat there. Parking is available near the building but it can be crowded at peak times.
CARL: My father is Super-Italian and, as a result, Giuliano’s was a part of my life from an early age. We shopped there for Italian specialty items but my fondest memories of Giuliano’s are picking up sandwiches to take to the beach. The smell of Giuliano’s is quite unique and just one breath took me back to my childhood like a time machine. I would normally get a Gaetano sandwich (roast beef, ham, capocollo and hot pepper cheese with lettuce, tomato, peperoncini & mayonnaise) or a Sicilian Meatball & Cheese sandwich (meatballs covered with sauce & melted provolone cheese) but today I decided to blindly try a special and the “Cod Filet Sandwich” ($6.50) popped out at me. Turns out it was a pretty good choice that featured beer battered filets on a French roll with a light bit of Tartar Sauce and a couple of leaves of lettuce. As a little bonus it is served on a nice plate with some potato salad. The French roll was fresh and light. The fish had a nice batter coating with a perfect hint of vinegar. One of my complaints about fried fish is that it can get oily and feature a sloppy cut of fish that gets masked by the batter. In this case the cut was very tasty and looked, smelled and tasted great. For $6.50 it was a bargain. Seating outside was a tad dodgy with some dirty tables but the inside was cool and comfortable. Overall a fun flashback experience. 4.5 Pigs.
OLIVER: I grew up in Torrance so Giuliano’s is a part of my past. When I think of an authentic Italian sandwich I think and salivate with thoughts of Giuliano’s in my head. Everything from the deli style ordering, the rich choices of not only sandwiches, but other classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes to the decor and most importantly, the smell.
I ordered their classic sandwich, The Guilio. It is a sub sandwich with mortadella, salami cotto, Italian salami, capicola, provolone cheese, peperoncini and their famous Giulio dressing served on a torpedo roll. The sandwich is large and quite a meal for anyone. I also ordered a dish of marinated mushrooms from their deli. That is one of the things that I really love about having lunch here, you order your main dish and then wander around looking and smelling all the other things they have to go along with it. There is every sort of salad, or marinated item you can imagine. You also have your choice from a plethora of drinks including alcohol, and to top it off they have their wonderful bakery which not only has your favorite Italian cookies and cakes, but even some sugar free offerings.When I was done the grand total for my meal came to $10.14. That is a great deal for a great lunch. You can feel like you left the drudgery of work to get a little bit of Italy for lunch, and not spend more than $10. Carl is going to hate me for this, but I have to give Giuliano’s 5 pigs. They have been around for a long time and they never let me down.