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Best italian sub in the area

nutzyP May 19, 2009 08:35 AM

I usually judge a sub shop by how they do their italian. My local favorite just changed owners and the difference is noticeable. I didn't know they could make bread sooo without substance, weight or heft. I have been a frequent browser and I haven't seen anything on italian subs. Anybody have reccomendations. I live in the Pratville side of Chelsea and work in Malden.

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    rknrll RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 08:39 AM

    I got an Italian at Vinny's on Broadway in Somerville yesterday and it was killer. Not as big as you may find some places...but very fresh ingredients, and the bread was excellent. I'll definitely going back...also I'm curious as to what their "super" is. The small/large super are each a dollar more than the small/large Italian - so maybe it just has more stuff on it.

    Also, mine pictured below was extra on the hot peppers.

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      fecalface RE: rknrll May 22, 2009 08:40 AM

      Fecalface seconds Vinny's at Night. Fecal has had a variety of subs from Vinny's, but the Italian stands out. They use what seem to be high-quality imported cold cuts, but the sandwich is quite cheap. Also, their tomatoes are always incredible (even in the winter). Fecal attributes the tomatoes to Vinny's having 'an effective procurement process'.

    2. Bob Dobalina RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 08:50 AM

      There are a number of threads out here on this topic -
      Sort of in your area - Bob's on Main Street in Medford gets my vote.

      1. ScubaSteve RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 09:23 AM

        Slummerville centric:

        1. macca RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 09:54 AM

          I have gotten rolls and cold cuts at Pace's in Saugus to make our own subs- and both the rolls and the meats were delicious. You can get subs there, so I am sure they would be great, too.

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            mwbachta RE: macca May 21, 2009 04:54 AM

            I am a huge fan of the Italian subs at Pace's!!!! The meat is nice and fresh and the toppings are delicious. But the bread makes the sub! It is a fresh braided sesame roll. Delicous! My only criticism would be that the are a tad too small, but plenty for the average eater. I eat a lot and/ or like to have left overs. This sub is easily devoured in a sitting. I am intersted in Bob's in Medford and Anthony's in stoneham too since I live in nearby Wakefield. Will definatley give them a try.

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            buffet king RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 01:22 PM

            I would recommend trying a jumbo Italian sub from Bob's in Medford. Bob's jumbo subs come on a large braided roll. Their Italian subs are packed to capacity with quality ingredients. You won't go wrong by going to Bob's.

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              El Guapo RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 01:23 PM

              The drive from Chelsea to East Boston can be a pain on a weekday, and they're only open til 2 or so, so you'd probably have to go on a Saturday, but my favorite Italian is the Roy's special from Roy's on Marion Street. Good roll with excellent cold cuts which have been sliced paper thin.

              1. galangatron RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 01:53 PM

                new deal on broadway in revere

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                  macadamianut RE: nutzyP May 19, 2009 02:00 PM

                  Tutto Italiano in Wellesley but they do have other locations. Very delicious.

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                    9lives RE: macadamianut May 20, 2009 11:00 AM

                    Sadly the North End location closed this weekend.

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                      Ralphie_in_Boston RE: 9lives May 20, 2009 02:24 PM

                      Crap, really? that stinks.

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                        9lives RE: Ralphie_in_Boston May 20, 2009 02:42 PM

                        I was surprised. Their lease was not renewed.

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                      robertlf RE: macadamianut May 20, 2009 08:39 PM

                      2nd the recommendation for Tutto Italiano. I like how they slice their lettuce very thin with the deli slicer. Delicious.

                      BUT a much better sub can be found at Artu on Charles St. and N. End. Boston. Marinated eggplant and cold cuts, the porchetta, chicken parm, etc...

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                        9lives RE: robertlf May 21, 2009 05:14 AM

                        The Artu lamb/eggplant is 1 of the best sandwiches in town and I lke them for other hot sandwiches but for cold cuts, I prefer Pace's.

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                          ScubaSteve RE: robertlf May 21, 2009 06:32 AM

                          lettuce? on an Italian Sub?

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                            Harp00n RE: ScubaSteve May 21, 2009 01:09 PM

                            Rabble rousing again, SS?
                            But you're right! :-D


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                              ScubaSteve RE: Harp00n May 21, 2009 06:16 PM

                              lil bit.

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                              robertlf RE: ScubaSteve May 21, 2009 07:56 PM

                              sub? is that something you could order in Italy? guess not. :-D

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                          fredid RE: nutzyP May 20, 2009 08:23 AM

                          Meridian Market, in Eastie, has a great Special, and I'm sure their others are good, too. Order a large - twice the size for $2 extra...

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                            9lives RE: fredid May 20, 2009 02:49 PM

                            The Meridian Special is a great sandwich...had 1 for dessert after Rincon Limeno..:)


                            Pace makes an imitation but it's not as good.

                            Pace is my usual choice for an Italian sub or proscuitto/provolone or mozzarella. Fresh Cheese on Endicott in the NE also makes a good sandwich.

                            Unfortunately, the Medford/Somerville spots are a little far for me for lunch.

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                            bluesjack RE: nutzyP May 20, 2009 10:49 AM

                            As mentioned Bob's in Medford, also Sessa's in Somerville

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                              powerfulpierre RE: nutzyP May 20, 2009 11:31 AM

                              Anthony's in Stoneham square has outstanding Italian sandwiches. Pick your favorite roll and they make a huge sub or sandwich to order. Fresh and delicious.

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                                macca RE: powerfulpierre May 20, 2009 12:48 PM

                                Forgot about Anthony's- have not been there in a while, but used to loe their subs on the braided rolls. So much meat, freshly cut for each sandwich. We used to joke that you could order a sub without oil, take it home, and have cold cuts for the week!

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                                yummieeee RE: nutzyP May 20, 2009 10:26 PM

                                Another vote for Bob's in Medford. Best Italian.

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                                  drb RE: nutzyP May 21, 2009 07:00 AM

                                  in Brookline: Bottego Fiorentino, and especially its re-named offspring in Brookline Village (which I never remember).
                                  in West Rox (and also Brookline): Deno's spicy italian

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                                    ginnyhw RE: drb May 21, 2009 11:54 AM

                                    Also in Brookline, Brookline Spa makes a nice Italian sub

                                  2. TomH RE: nutzyP May 21, 2009 07:48 AM

                                    My top three in the Boston area would be New Deal Fruit in Revere (the "Top Shelf" is amazing and can feed a family of four), Bob's in Medford and J. Pace in the North End.

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                                      lovethatdirtywater RE: nutzyP May 21, 2009 04:44 PM

                                      Several posters recommend Bob's Fine Foods in Medford, I strongly agree but you have to ask for the "Deluxe Imported" Italian that costs extra or you will get a very ordinairy sub...

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                                        penblow RE: nutzyP May 21, 2009 10:09 PM

                                        In Norwood... Vincent's a Touch of Italia... Hands down been the best for years. haven't ever had anything that remotely compares.

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                                          NorthShoreFoodie RE: penblow May 23, 2009 11:31 AM

                                          I love Vincent's. I used to go there 15 years ago when I worked in Norwood. Does he still have the grilled eggplant marinated in olive oil and garlic? I used to get that on a prosciutto and provolone sandwich. It was fantastic.

                                          As far as Chelsea/Malden area is concerned I used to go to Angelina's on Broadway. They make great sandwiches.

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                                            NorthShoreFoodie RE: penblow May 23, 2009 11:32 AM

                                            That's Broadway in Everett.

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                                              chuck s RE: NorthShoreFoodie May 23, 2009 02:07 PM

                                              Nice to see someone mention Angelina's in Everett. I used to go there from high school in the 60's and still stop by from time to time.

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                                              JSJoyce RE: penblow Dec 7, 2009 11:54 AM

                                              Vincent's in Norwood is OK, but the North End Deli in Norwood is better, IMHO. Not a huge over-stuffed pile of lettuce or anything like that, just a simple & tasty sandwich on a great roll w/ fresh-sliced meats & cheese.

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                                              twisty cup RE: nutzyP May 22, 2009 06:20 AM

                                              P & K Deli in Somerville.

                                              It's a corner store on Beacon St., a block away from O'Sullivan's. They have a small deli counter in the back, and make a great Italian.

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                                                rovingfoodie RE: twisty cup Jun 10, 2009 11:05 AM

                                                I'll second the P&K recommendation - lots of high-quality meat, nice seeded roll (though a little softer than I'm used to, being from the Philly area), fresh provolone, big enough to split for a hearty lunch for two. I can see why NSTAR vans and firetrucks are often parked outside!

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                                                missfoodie RE: nutzyP May 24, 2009 06:13 PM

                                                I haven't been there in a while, but Sonny Noto's in East Boston always made a great Italian sub.

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                                                  FeastNut2008 RE: nutzyP Jun 3, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                  I agree with others about the sandwiches at Artu in the North End. I had a lamb sandwich a few weeks back that was fantastic. Good Italian sub at Bova's Bakery on the corner of Prince/Salem St - the Sicilian Special has the good cold cuts. They cut the cold cuts to order for the subs and they are open late at night too.

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