The best thing between bread in all of LA can be found at a gourmet Italian deli in Santa Monica. “The Godmother” Sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery is perhaps the perfect sandwich. It’s worth driving a long distance to get and it’s also worth waiting for in Bay Cities’s very long deli counter line (tip: you can order ahead online to avoid the wait). Yes, it’s that good. One of the reasons The Godmother reigns supreme is the amazing crusty bread, which they bake fresh every 20 minutes. Equally excellent is what they put between the bread: four amazing Italian meats (Genoa Salami, Mortadella Cappacola, Ham and Prosciutto) plus Provolone plus “The Works” (mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade Italian dressing and pickled hot or mild peppers).
While the Godmother in my opinion is the best, Bay Cities has other great sandwiches too. I also recommend the Caprese (Water Mozzarella, Onion, Tomato, Basil, Oregano and Oil & Balsamic Vinegar) and there’s a secret sandwich not on the menu called a Don Lorenzo, which is basically the Caprese with Prosciutto. Wash your sandwich down with a gourmet soda like Boylan’s Black Cherry or Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer. Bay Cities is also a great gourmet market with imported cookies and candies, gourmet cheeses, hot prepared foods and a nice selection of wines. It is located at 1517 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.