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Jan 24, 2009 04:50 PM

Stromboli in San Diego?

Is there any stromboli out here like you get in NJ/PA, back east? I'm talking about rolling up the pizza dough with layers of pepperoni or salami meat etc, with cheeses, so the dough, meat and cheese are spiraled together. NOT calzone, which is basically a pizza just folded in half, full of goopy cheese and meat and which some shops out here are calling stromboli. Should be served with good red sauce (gravy!) to dip the stromboli slices in. Please help.

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  1. I know that East Coast Pizza has them. I'm not sure how close they are to the ones back east but you can give it a try..

    1. You might want to try the stromboli at Bongiornos on Miramar Rd.

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      1. re: mliew

        second that, the only stromboli worth remembering.

        I thought I saw it on a menu somewhere on 30th, Lefty's maybe?


        On Mission Gorge, near Kaiser, in the mini mall with Souplantation.

        We all know the difference between a stromboli and calzone.

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        1. re: Cathy

          I didn't know, and I appreciate the explanation. Thank you.

          1. re: Fake Name

            Me too. Sometimes "we all" don't know.

            1. re: Fake Name

              Glad to see you posting.. ; )

              Being Italian/Swedish..I didn't know the frigging difference!

              1. re: Fake Name

                I cannot believe so many have never have gone to a Sbarro or at least looked at what they offered. All of their food is out out in the open behind glass.

                Sbarro is a national chain and I know we have locations out in San Diego since the late 80's or early 90's. Strombolis always were (and are) on the menu there. There is a Sbarro at every Westfield mall in the county.

                I grew up in Detroit (and am Polish) and knew what a stromboli was long before I ever had a calzone. I never thought it was an East Coast thing because I have seen it at Sbarro's for so many years.

                I absolutely have never seen a strombli on any Italian menu, ordered it and it turned out to be a calzone. Calzones are folded, strombolis are rolled. They do not look or taste the same (calzones have ricotta).

                I did not mean to offend anybody.

                1. re: Cathy

                  Maybe a better example would have helped, Sbarro is the worst, it's probably the last place I'd look to for an example of Italian food. I wouldn't go near one of those places and hopefully most others wouldn't as well. As you know SD is very weak on Italian so, finding specific Italian items is always a challenge.

                  1. re: cstr

                    My point was, that you can *see* a stromboli there, and have been able to for 20+ years.

                    I am surprised that people never have looked, saw and were not curious as to what was the rolled up dough thing with sesame seeds on top.

                    The salads are always fresh at Sbarro.

                    1. re: Cathy

                      I understand your point, being Italian, I have no problem with identifying foods I've grown up with. I just can't see myself going to a Sbarro even if it's for a look.

                  2. re: Cathy

                    Not all calzones have ricotta. Certain regions of Italy never put ricotta in calzones but parmesan
                    And Sbarro has some of the worst food in any mall. The pizza absolutely inedible.

                    1. re: honkman

                      True. I was talking American calzones, Honkman.

                      I never recommended any food at Sbarro, except the salads.

                      The items are always out and visible at Sbarro and a stromboli is unusual/different looking and I would think that in the past 20+ years, people would have *looked* and seen a stromboli and maybe have been curious as to what it was and knew it was way different than a calzone.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        Holy cow. Look what I started! I was just looking for a stromboli recommendation. Cathy, I've never been in a Sbarro and avoid Mall foodcourts. I didn't go to your Brooklyn Pizza recommendation as every other word on their website was misspelled, and as an English teacher, that doesn't bode well.
                        We DID end up at Luigi's the night I posted, and my husband brought home 3 stromboli that were burnt to a CRISP!! I promptly sent him back to the restaurant, as the burnt smell was so bad, surely he smelled it in the car on the way home, and should have looked to see what the source of the fire was!! The manager was extremely apologetic, refunded his money, and the replacement stromboli were very good. I'm still open to suggestions for stromboli, tho, if anyone one has any. Thanks.

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