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Meatball Sandwich

I searched the archives and not only is the last meatball sandwich post over two years old, it failed to mention what I think is one of the best in the L.A. area.

Now, before I mention the location of this wonderful sandwich, let me preface a bit...the parking sux, the service is less than stellar and the crowds are often out of control but if you're willing to deal with all of that, you will be treated to a fresh, crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside roll, several (meatball in every bite!), homemade spiced and cooked just right meatballs, gooey, chewy melted cheese (not sure if it's provolone or mozzarella), all covered in a delicious sauce that your taste buds will confirm has simmered on the stove for several hours instead of just poured out of a jar.

This sandwich of the gods can be ordered with roasted peppers and onions, but my advice is to try it without the first time to fully appreciate the subtleties contained within. Where can this delectable treat be found? I'm glad you asked, it's none other than Casa Bianca, that's right, the Casa Bianca of pizza fame and infamy also makes a magnificent meatball sandwich that somehow gets overlooked in the pizza frenzy. The ONLY thing better at Casa B is the eggplant parmesean sandwich, but that's the subject of another post.

So there it is Chowhounds, my pick of the best meatball sandwich currently served. What's yours?

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Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
1650 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

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  1. Pizza Buona on Sunset & Alvarado.

      1. Eastside Market Italian Deli just west of Chinatown has pretty good meatballs in their sandwiches.

        I, however, prefer the DA Special - a meatball, an italian sausage link, pastrami, and roast beef with tomato sauce and peppers all in one sandwich.

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        Eastside Market
        1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        1. re: wakko11

          I Like eastside the DA special is Excellent. But for me the meat balls have too much breadcrumbs. I do Like the hot roast beef & pastrami combo

        2. Without qualifying them, my top three in L.A., plus another from S.D. county, in no particular order:

          As mentioned above, Casa Bianca, in addition to the below.

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          Bay Cities Italian Deli
          1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Hank's Pizza
          202 E Imperial Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

          Borrelli's Pizza & Italian Food
          285 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

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          1. re: PommeDeGuerre

            I remember the old Hank's in Marina Del Rey which had the best Italian sandwiches to this day. Don't know if it's still there? My other favorite in the LAX area is Tony's on Aviation. Their meatball sandwiches are great with the melted mozzerella cheese dripping off the wrappings. My other choice would be their Italian sausage sandwich with green peppers and cheese.

          2. Does Vietnamese count?

            If so, then my vote goes to the Banh Mi Xiu Mai at Banh Mi & Che Cali in Rosemead.

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            Banh Mi & Che Cali
            8450 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I hear raves about the meatball sandwich at Amelia's in Santa Monica (Main St, just east of Ocean Park).

              I think they have the best grilled veggie sandwich ever.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                ...but Banh Mi Cho Cu's xiu mai puts Banh Mi Che Cali's to shame.

                The best Italian meatball sandwich is lunch-only at Milano's in Glendale.

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                Banh Mi Cho Cu Bakery
                14520 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

                Milano's Italian Kitchen
                525 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203