Who's got the best Italian sub?


#1

I’m craving one. No GodMother please.


#2

Sopressata at Black Hogg


#3

I’ve yet to find a truly great Italian sub in this city. Most of the time I try somewhere that’s highly regarded by people I know, it ends up being some abomination that comes with diced tomatoes/onions/pickles, or worse, a third slice of bread in the middle…


#4

Godfather at All About The Bread on Melrose. Parking can be a huge pain (try street parking just east on Melrose past La Brea, a couple of blocks away) but a solid sub.


#5

I like Angelo’s in Seal Beach and Long Beach.

Marcel’s at Farmers Market.

Rocco’s and Larchmont were okay


#6

I like going to Claro’s Italian Markets and having the deli counter customize my sandwich with anything I want. Usually, it’s prosciutto, Toscano salami and caciacavallo cheese with all the fixings. It’ll run me a bit over $10, but I don’t care…it’s so good.


#7

for an NJ-style Italian sub I still have not found one better than Jersey Mike’s.

the all about the bread italian is pretty good though.


#8

what abominable places are you thinking of? Sometimes I like them with diced tomatoes/onions/pickles. lol


#9

Godfather at All About the Bread is indeed great but basically a clone of the Godmother.

The Cannibal Butcher Shop does a decent minimalist Italian combo with meat from Salumeria Biellese in NYC. Little overpriced, though.


#10

except the Godfather is far superior


#11

i’m going to go ahead and just say Sorrento’s. It just the deli vibes and charm i’m used to… and as far as I recall no fucking Boar’s Head


#12

I happen to love both Giamela’s and Mario’s, tyvm, but I guess they aren’t quite classic Italian subs (though I bet you could get something satisfying at Mario’s).

Given Roma’s recent downhill motion, I’d probably second soppressata. I also love Eastside Market, but more for their hot subs than cold.


#13

I’ve had Mario’s and, while an enjoyable sandwich, didn’t find it to be a destination worthy Italian sub. I think I just have my own definition of what a classic Italian is. Capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and red wine vinegar. Great bread is a must. Oil, onions, or oregano are optional. Nothing else allowed :slight_smile:

I haven’t made it to Sopressata yet. Sounds like I need to.


#14

Check out The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop, I have had 2 really good subs there so far, I have not Had their Italian but based on the others you should like it.


#15

The purest of the pure would still be “The Sandwich” at Roma in Pasadena, in spite of Rosario’s switch from the amazing if messy crusty roll to a softer-but-not-tough one. The only vegetable matter involved* is the drizzle of fine olive oil on each cut half, followed by provolone, prosciutto, salami, mortadella (AAAHHH, that mortadella!) and another cured pig thing I can never remember … or maybe I’ve put an extra layer in? Been a while – I’m still mourning the crusty roll, dammit.

But that’s it. It’s maybe a little bit too much (unless you’re a real glutton), but just try stopping with one half. And it’s still $5.50 every day. NE corner North Lake and Mountain, Pasadena.

*Oops, forgot – there are pistachios in the mortadella …


#16

it’s been a while, but i don’t remember the sandwich being all that big. i mean, i know i’m a big tub
o’ goo on my best day, but it wasn’t any larger than a santoro’s or giamela’s and the godmother seemed
much bigger.
tasty tasty sandwich though.


#17

It takes me 1.5 sandwiches to get full.


#18

Sorry – IMO it’s a sandwich, not a full meal. It’s an 8" roll with stuff on it. If you need more than that for some reason, get two. Any lunch that makes me want to take a nap is too damn much.

It’s more satisfying to me than the small one from Claro’s, and less cloying than the big one.


#19

I judge Italian subs based on the dressing. When I didn’t eat meat/dairy for a while, I would get a godmother with just the vegetables and dressing and it was EXCELLENT. I’d also eat muffuletta sandwiches the same way.

So, I guess I don’t have any recs for you, but will ask my new yawk transplant friend for you.


#20

Hmm, in Delaware, where my introduction to submarine obsession began, your definition holds true but pepperoncinis or pickles are always offered as well. I usually asked for both.