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Best italian sub in the area

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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  1. 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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    1. re: rknrll

      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. 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. 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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          1. re: macca

            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.

          2. 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.

            1. 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. new deal on broadway in revere

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

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                  1. re: macadamianut

                    Sadly the North End location closed this weekend.

                      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                        I was surprised. Their lease was not renewed.

                    1. re: macadamianut

                      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...

                      1. re: robertlf

                        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.

                          1. re: ScubaSteve

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


                            1. re: ScubaSteve

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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: fredid

                            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.

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

                            1. 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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                              1. re: powerfulpierre

                                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!

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

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: drb

                                    Also in Brookline, Brookline Spa makes a nice Italian sub

                                  2. 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.

                                    1. 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...

                                      1. 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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                                        1. re: penblow

                                          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.

                                            1. re: NorthShoreFoodie

                                              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.

                                            2. re: penblow

                                              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.

                                            3. 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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                                              1. re: twisty cup

                                                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!

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

                                                1. 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.