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May 21, 2009 11:17 PM

Meatball Sandwiches in Pasadena

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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  1. Not Pasadena, but Glendale Mario's Italian Deli

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

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    1. re: monku

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

    2. 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

        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.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          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!

          1. re: Bert

            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.

          2. re: Burger Boy

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

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

          3. 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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            1. re: PurpleTeeth

              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!

              1. re: Burger Boy

                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.

                1. re: PurpleTeeth

                  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!

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    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.

                    1. re: PurpleTeeth

                      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!

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