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Meatball Sandwiches in Pasadena

thenextguy May 21, 2009 11:17 PM

Anyone have any favorite places to get a good meatball sandwich in Pasadena? Or perhaps just a good place for Italian sandwiches in Pasadena.

Every city I've lived in I've always been able to find a local Italian deli/restaurant that has killer sandwiches, but I haven't had much luck in Pasadena.

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    pob1035 Jun 13, 2009 12:00 AM

    Surprised no mention of Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, though I haven't been there in over a year

    Sam seems like a guy particular about quality, though I do have to say that sometimes the bread is past its prime

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    1. re: pob1035
      ipsedixit Jun 13, 2009 04:15 PM

      Meatballs are not their specialty. Beer is.

    2. ipsedixit May 24, 2009 11:41 PM

      784 E Green St
      (626) 796-7836

      1. khh1138 May 24, 2009 02:26 PM

        I get my meatball subs from Domenico's -- I've never had one in the restaurant, but always get them from the to-go counter. Fantastic. If you want, for any reason, you can buy just one meatball. I love this place. I also recommend the cheesy garlic bread and the antipasto salad.


        1. Will Owen May 22, 2009 01:03 PM

          Pietro's, next to the Roma deli at North Lake and Mountain, has what I've heard are good meatball sandwiches - I've had only the cold subs there, which have all been very good. Ross, the crusty old proprietor of Roma, will make you a sandwich too, but his are all cold. He does however have what I think is the best mortadella on the planet.

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            WildSwede May 22, 2009 01:10 PM

            Hi Will! I love their Italian Cold Cut. I think it is interesting how they cut the roll into thirds and put the center slice between the bread and veggies. Works for me! Their pastrami is decent, too. I always have them toast it in the oven (the bread, meat and cheese) on whatever sandwich I get there.

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              Will Owen May 22, 2009 01:40 PM

              That double-cut thing does NOT work for me - it makes the sandwich innards all loose and undisciplined so when I bite down they come gooshing out into my lap! But I tend to be awfully explosion-prone when I'm eating, as you might have noticed...if you see me pick up a hard-shell taco, for instance, stand back! Anyway, I ask them not to cut mine that way. Toasting might very well help that problem, too. That crust is pretty tough when the bread's cold.

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            thenextguy May 22, 2009 12:40 PM

            Thanks everyone. Great stuff!

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              trimtab May 22, 2009 12:38 PM

              Georgee's Pizza at 720 Foothill next door in La Canada has great meatball subs.

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                Jack Flash May 22, 2009 11:50 AM

                Porta Via is excellent.

                Lee's Hoagie House for Philadelphia-style sandwiches. I've never had the meatball sub; I generally stick to the hoagies (cold cuts), but they really seem to know what they're doing.

                Lee's Hoagie House
                2269 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                Porta Via Italian Foods
                1 W California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

                1. PurpleTeeth May 22, 2009 09:45 AM

                  Right next door down colorado in Eagle Rock
                  2152 Colorado Blvd
                  Eagle Rock, CA 90041
                  (323) 490-0988
                  He is a Boston Native that takes his sandwiches very very seriosly. I love the meatball. Any sub he make sis pretty awesome though.

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                    Burger Boy May 22, 2009 10:50 PM

                    3 times I have gone to Dave's and he is always out of meatballs, 11:30 on a wednesday, give me a break. Dave was complaining he could not get good meat or the right blend, Give me a MFing break, You got White Linen and Harvey Gus, no good meat, PLEASE!

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                      PurpleTeeth Jun 11, 2009 01:57 PM

                      He is very picky about the meat. I have been going for years and only once has he been out of meatballs. His Melts are pretty awesome as well if you go back and he is out.

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                        Burger Boy Jun 11, 2009 07:43 PM

                        4 times out of meatballs, second choice crab melt, no luck. I gave up. It was like going to The Bucket with the previous owners and they were out of hamburgers at 11:30 in the morning. If he is famous for his meat balss and crab melts he better keep them in stock. Hey, there are many many places in Los Angeles for good meat. I am sure Hintington Meats in The Farmers Market or Harvey Gus can take car of Dave. Who ever heard of hetiing your meat from a purveyor 100+ miles away!

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                          PurpleTeeth Jun 12, 2009 05:03 PM

                          And still keep the sandwiches at 6 bucks? Good meat that doesn't cost too much is hard to find. Anyway Dave is a really good guy give him a try sometime. And like I said there is so much on his menu that is good.

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                            Burger Boy Jun 13, 2009 08:44 AM

                            Like I said, there are many good reasonable meat purveyors in LA and I have given him a try, 4 times, it is good but when your signature sandwiches are never there, what am I suppose to do. It would be like going to Tommy's 4 times and they are out of chili. Whatever, I make better meatballs myself!

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                    Burger Boy May 22, 2009 06:05 AM

                    Eastside Market Chinatown worth the short trip
                    Claro's Arcadia
                    Claro's San Gabriel
                    Roma Market on Lake in Pasadena (check this first, I could be wrong)

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                    1. re: Burger Boy
                      WildSwede May 22, 2009 01:08 PM

                      One of my co-workers loves the meatballs at Eastside. Also, Carmine's on the cusp of So Pas and Pas has meatballs that my friend swears by (I am not a meatball fan, so I cannot vouch - but their other food is great!). Hope you find what you are looking for.

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                        Bert May 22, 2009 06:11 PM

                        i love claro's, but one thing they don't do well is meatballs... spongy and kind of bland. their sausage, on the otherhand, is the best anywhere, and cheap tooo!

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                          Will Owen May 23, 2009 01:30 PM

                          I will stick my neck out and say Claro's is both second-best and second-cheapest: the stuff Ross makes and sells at Roma beats it by a hair in both categories. If you prefer a finer-ground mixture you might disagree on the first count; his is all run just through the coarse plate, and I like mine that way. I don't remember exactly what his price per pound is, if I ever even noticed, but it's damn cheap. I usually just buy four to six links as I need them.

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                          monku Jun 13, 2009 03:18 PM

                          Had an Eastside Deli sausage and meatball sub today and it was excellent.

                          Hey they remodeled the dining room...new tables and chairs, 2 flatscreen TV's, fresh paint and they took out that ugly reach in drink refrigerator.

                        3. monku May 22, 2009 05:39 AM

                          Not Pasadena, but Glendale Mario's Italian Deli

                          Mario's Italian Deli & Catering
                          740 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

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                            thenextguy May 22, 2009 07:45 AM

                            Now this looks like the type of place I'm looking for. Thanks, I will check it out this weekend.

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