I’m a big baby so the parking, the mall, the crowds bug the hell out of me.
But Eataly has a really amazing selection of charcuterie. Plus they have all the other accoutrements you might want.
Because I’m a crazy person, I’d actually go to Eataly for everything but the bread. Then I’d go to Gjusta for the bread.
Honorable Mention: La Espangnola Meats + Alpine Village bang-bang for a bit of a different take on things. Not better quality or selection per se, but certainly different items than the typical Italian-focused places I mostly frequent.
I love a good Charcuterie board when I host: It helps save time and usually the guests enjoy something from the board, a good Soppressata or Saucisson Sec, or maybe a nice Sheep’s Milk Cheese or Brie, or something else.
You may also want to consider the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills or even Andrew’s Cheese Shop.
Both have enough charcuterie to keep things interesting and you have the added bonus of a huge cheese selection. Both also carry excellent baguettes. Andrew’s should be able to sell you a parcooked Milo+Olive baguette that you can finish off right before you serve your board.
I got such a great tip on CH many years ago. A good charcuterie board IS the meal not a starter. As that person said, an “appetizer” is supposed to whet the appetite not kill it. That’s held me in good stead.
Not helpful to the OP but I’ve been super pleased with the gift box from D’Artagnan via Costco. And I was impressed that every ingredient is something I can pronounce
What on earth!? I’ve been reading their “In Stock” list. It’s incredible. Definitely taking only a certain amount of cash and no plastic. I’m afraid! I mean really… they have about 40 different varieties of crackers alone! Crackers!