This quaint shop would be as at home located off a cobble-stone street in Europe as it is off of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Artisan Cheese Gallery is not only a great place to stop in for a salad or sandwich; it has cases full of everything you will need to create a wonderful meal at home.
Some of the day’s offerings are displayed on wooden cutting boards, ready to be sliced for a sample by the helpful staff. Their cheese inventory is too numerous to list here, but rest assured you can easily find an organic chevre to crumble on your salad or parmigiano reggiano to shave over your entree. If you are in the mood to press your own panini, they of course have several varieties of cheddar, mozzarella, or gouda.
The walls surrounding the central cheese counter are lined with shelves stocked with olive oils, jams and preserves, wines, cutting boards, and almost anything you would need to start a little bistro of your own – or at least plenty to help you entertain your friends. Lunch time is the busiest for the store, so if you are coming for a meal we recommend calling ahead. If you are there to browse, coming earlier or later in the day will give you more room to roam. Street parking in front is limited and the lot behind Artisan is small as well. There is usually parking available next to the Big 5 on the other side of Ventura Place, and an entrance through the back of the store if you are desperate for a spot.