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Best Italian sub in Somerville area

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Boston Penguin Jul 26, 2008 03:55 PM

My parents are coming to town and my father insist on an italian sub for lunch. Where have you had a good one. Eons ago the best was Angelina's, which I know is still there, but is it still the best. TIA.

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    jajjguy Jul 28, 2008 02:12 PM

    Sessa's is my favorite, though, as itaunas says, it's more of a specialty shop thing than a neighborhood sub shop thing. If you want the latter, I will vote for Victor's in Ball Sq, though there are many good options in the area (we are very fortunate). I don't think Angelina's has changed much in the 10 or so years that I've been going on and off.

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    1. re: jajjguy
      poptart Aug 6, 2008 01:16 PM

      I haven't had subs from the other places, but Sessa's sure is good and reminded me of the Italian subs I used to pick up for my grandfather when I was a kid. Yum!

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      lovethatdirtywater Jul 27, 2008 08:34 PM

      I am a fan of Bob's Italian sub too, just remember to order the "deluxe" or "imported" Italian for better quality meats--otherwise it is quite ordinary.

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      1. re: lovethatdirtywater
        itaunas Jul 28, 2008 07:04 AM

        Sessa's, Bob's, and Maria's all offer imported cold-cut based italians. Although if the original standard is Angelina's, I don't think that is what the OP's dad is looking for. Angelina's is quite good, if you want it toasted, s&p, basic oil&vinegar, its a good place for that... for something similar to change things up, Armando's is not too far. Bob's and Maria's basics are on seeded rolls (Bob's large is on sub), I like Maria's because they always cut the meats to order (with a wider variety of choices), sometimes Vinny's cuts to order but its mostly pre-cut but all of these offer fresh meats even pre-cut. You could also surprise your dad with 6 ft subs, Maria's, Bob's (maybe a 3 or 5 foot if I remember) and La Ronga (not the best cold cuts, but also cut to order) all offer those.

        1. re: lovethatdirtywater
          yumyum Jul 28, 2008 02:09 PM

          While waiting for my lamb tips roll the other day I spied Bob's imported italian sub being crafted. Now that's the way to do it! The guy who ordered it got a "small" and it was as big as his head.

          The lamb tips were great by the way -- I took the sandwich home and doctored it up with a little lemon juice and yogurt sauce and it was delicious.

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            itaunas Jul 28, 2008 02:31 PM

            I can manage to eat a large lamb tips sub, especially when I order one with their vinegar peppers (sliced instead of minced most sub shop hots)! Is the older short guy still manning the charbroiler? He gets a nice char and nails medium rare on them.

            1. re: yumyum
              opinionatedchef Jul 28, 2008 10:18 PM

              yy, has the lamb been marinated?is it fatty/chewy?
              suggestion- the cilantro yoghurt spread at TrJ is great on grilled poultry and meats. it's very thick; maybe made w greek yoghurt.; very flavorful.

              1. re: opinionatedchef
                itaunas Jul 29, 2008 05:50 AM

                Its marinated in their basic (pretty standard italian deli) steak tip marinade. The tips end up reasonably tender (not fork tender) and while trimmed, are also not overly lean. I think medium rare is your best bet, but even medium they aren't tough. They are juicy enough to eat on bread with just the peppers I mentioned -- which also gives it a vinegar tang, and the juices soak into the bread wetting it quite well. Its not quite up to the level of Santarpios tips, but I prefer the lamb tips at Bobs to the steak tips and the sandwich to the rice plate. (Sorry not YumYum, but I waited a bit to see if she would post before answering :-)

                1. re: itaunas
                  yumyum Jul 29, 2008 08:07 AM

                  Thanks itaunus ... I had no idea how they were prepared -- the flavorings in the marinade are subtle. They were charred to a nice medium (I should have asked for med-rare) but as you said they are not tough in the least. The juice-sopped bread is the bomb. Next time I'm trying them with the peppers.

                  1. re: itaunas
                    opinionatedchef Aug 6, 2008 12:10 AM

                    i tried the lamb sub the other day but i really did not like it. the sub roll was awful styrofoam and the lamb tasted like cardboard.(how could one expect the lamb to be quality, when I pay wholesale $9 lb. for good lamb, and the very generous Bob's lamb sub must have at least 6 ou. of meat.) For lamb that actually tastes like lamb, and good, I would recommend you try the grilled lamb sandwich at Sabra in Harvard Sq.

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              Mayflour Jul 27, 2008 05:28 PM

              Yes, Angelinas. I used to live 2 doors down and went there often.

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                bkb Jul 27, 2008 04:42 PM

                Victor's Deli on Broadway.

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                  powerfulpierre Jul 26, 2008 06:27 PM

                  Vinnys, Vinnys, Vinnys (not to mention the eggplant parm)

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                    flyer1 Jul 26, 2008 04:35 PM

                    When in doubt, Bob's, Main St. So. Medford, is minutes away...

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