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offthebeatenpath1 Nov 6, 2009 11:06 AM

I am heading to a friend's house on Saturday to watch the Knicks game with a bunch of old friends and I am in charge of bringing Italian Heroes. I am coming from Manhattan, so there are lots of places I could bring them from, but I prefer to just get them fresh in NJ. I will be in Alpine, but I have to go to Mahwah first, so anywhere in between is fine. Any suggestsion? I remember from growing up in the area that Lotitos, Italian Riviera and Lastrada could all be good choices, but it's been a while. Suggestions would be much appreciated. This would be a bunch of 1 footers.

Thanks

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Italian Riviera
8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Lastrada
230 Godwin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432

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    fourunder Nov 6, 2009 11:25 AM

    I'd like to help, but a there are questions that must be answered first. The Knick Game is in the evening, so what time were you planning on coming into New Jersey....and which Hudson River Crossing are you planning to come over on. Also, to get to Mahwah, are you taking Routes 4 & 17.....and returning to Alpine, will you be taking Routes 17, 4 & 9W, or will you be coming via the north and I-287 , The PIP and 9W? The time of day is important because many Italian Delis will close before 3:00 PM.

    Last, are you looking for soft Italian Bread, or crusty hard Italian Bread. Some places only carry one or the other.

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      offthebeatenpath1 Nov 6, 2009 11:35 AM

      Sorry, forgot to be precise. I will be heading to Mahwah first to visit family then heading to Alpine at around 2:00(so i will get sandwiches on the way to Alpine). I was planning on doing 17 to 4 to 9w to get to Alpine. Would prefer to go someplace closer to 17 than 9W because I know the area around 17 so well. The game starts late, but we are catching up, playing poker, eating our sandwiches and then watching the game.

      Thanks

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        fourunder Nov 6, 2009 11:51 AM

        One last thing to consider, please. Since there is going to be a number of hours before you purchase and enjoy these sandwiches, are you willing to make them yourselves? There are some great places that make their own breads, peppers and cheeses......you could probably purchase sliced tomatoes and lettuce if needed too. I ask this only because I would not like a sandwich that has been soaked with oil and vinegar 5-6 hours earlier.

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          offthebeatenpath1 Nov 6, 2009 12:00 PM

          don't want to make them- we are going to eat them an hour into when i get there, so that isn't a worry

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            fourunder Nov 6, 2009 12:27 PM

            I've heard good things about the Italian Riviera, but I have never been, and I am not familiar with their hours.Two places that may be convenient with hours and sandwiches are:

            Maywood Market Place
            78 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood, NJ
            (201) 843-8361‎

            Dantes Imports Inc
            570 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ
            (201) 262-3232‎

            Two better Italian Specialty Stores are:

            Bartolomeo Italian Delicatessen
            105 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ
            (201) 567-7002‎

            http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/nj-dining-bartolomeo-englewood/

            www.piccolosgastronomia.com
            484 Bergen Blvd
            Ridgefield, NJ 07657
            (201) 313-0200

            http://www.piccolosgastronomia.com/

            Jerry's Gourmet is also located in Englewood. Although I like the place myself, it's been getting hammered on here of late, and it's been a while since I have actually been back there, so I will let others comment on it as a recommendation or not.

            Another place I like is Valente in Fairview, but it's a detour from the GWB and back to Alpine.

            http://www.cubuma.com/cgi/f/lView.pl?...

            I think you will find what you are looking for at any of the places mentioned above, but personally I would go to Piccolo Gastronomia, Valente or Bartolomeo's....in no particular order....Bartolomeo's is the most convenient for you to go to overall. The Maywood Market has a very well regarded deli and prepared foods department and Dante's is where my son purchases his 6-Foot Heroes for his Sunday Football Crew.

            All these places mentioned are easily accessible from the Route 4 and 17 corridors and are also on main or county roads....easy off and back on to your destination.

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            Jerry's Gourmet
            410 S Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631

            Italian Riviera
            8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

            Bartolomeo Italian Delicatessen
            105 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631

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            tommy Nov 6, 2009 01:00 PM

            subs soaked in oil and vinegar eaten on the beach hours after buying them from Mike's Subs like nothing else in the world.

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              fourunder Nov 6, 2009 01:06 PM

              Is that a Southern New Jersey Specialty?

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                tommy Nov 6, 2009 03:12 PM

                NJ has beaches well north of southern jersey. i'm sorry to hear you've never had the pleasure. the bit of sand that inevitably gets in your sandwich,and the overly warm iced tea make it near perfect.

      2. tommy Nov 6, 2009 11:28 AM

        go through the lincoln, stop at Vito's in hoboken, and call it a day.

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          Curlz Nov 7, 2009 05:17 AM

          This was going to be my exact suggestion! Great minds...

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          zhelder Nov 6, 2009 11:39 AM

          Italian Riviera makes great, large, reasonably priced Italian heroes and it's not far from Mahwah. La Strada's are good too, but the Riviera's bread is way better.

          1. menton1 Nov 6, 2009 12:03 PM

            Marra's in Emerson is a terrific Italian-owned deli, great hero bread, and the sandwich helpings are LARGE. Nice homemade salads if you are interested. They are between 17 and Alpine on Kinderkamack Road, if you are taking Oradell Ave across, it's just 1/3 mile North on KKM Rd. Here's their website:

            http://www.marrasmarket.com/

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              offthebeatenpath1 Nov 6, 2009 12:07 PM

              i have actually eaten at Marra's and wasn't wowed. Looking for something fantastic.

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                fourunder Nov 10, 2009 05:02 AM

                and the sandwich helpings are LARGE.
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                What's that.....like a FIXINS BAR?

              2. rifkind81 Nov 6, 2009 02:37 PM

                Grew up in Demarest...go to Ray's in Closter. First off it's seconds from Alpine. Second, they make excellent heroes with a well seasoned sauce and meats as well as generous portions. Third, they are pizza place prices. Finally, they deliver.

                Thank me later or buy me a chicken parm.

                1. TongoRad Nov 6, 2009 03:37 PM

                  There is a place on the border of Englewood and Tenafly (a bit closer to Alpine than the heart of Englewood) that makes really good (and really big) heros, both hot and cold, called Roman Inn. Yeah, it's a pizza place, but a lot of people think of them as more of a sub shop, and that's why I go there. A caveat is that they tend to close up shop early, so I'd call ahead of time. The address and phone # is in this post from Off the Broiler:
                  http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

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                  Roman Inn
                  19 W Hudson Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

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                    fourunder Nov 7, 2009 07:17 AM

                    TR,

                    What are your favorite subs @ Roman Inn?

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                    Roman Inn
                    19 W Hudson Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

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                      TongoRad Nov 8, 2009 05:29 AM

                      I think they call their Italian cold cut hero the Roman In Special, that's what I was thinking of when I replied to the OP. That's definitely up there. I do also seriously like something a little more oddball that they call the Smoked Turkey Parmigiana. It's simple, really, just the smoked turkey and melted cheese, but it's also addictive. I never would have even ordered the thing myself originally, but some friends offered me half of one once and I was hooked from there.

                      I see you mentioned Nonna Clementina's below. I really have to get there more often, but I am not around here much during the day. The times I have stopped in for a sausage and peppers hero have been quite good. I like how they offer a mix of different sausages- the hot, sweet and parsley/cheese are all on the same sandwich, giving you something different with each bite. I wish it was a bit more 'stuffed', but overall I'd say it's something to get if you're in the area. Is there anything else they do particularly well?

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                        fourunder Nov 10, 2009 04:59 AM

                        Tongo,

                        To be honest, I have not been to Nonna Clementina in a couple of years. I am usually only in the area on Sundays and they are closed on that day. When I did go there, I remember the store being impressive to the eye on the foods they had prepared for the day. In casual conversations with the owner, he was always pleasant and accommodating......unlike the mook that owns Amato's Bread in Northvale. I remember enjoying his meatballs, arancini and stuffed artichokes......along with his Italian Cold Cuts Hero....

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                    fourunder Nov 7, 2009 07:16 AM

                    For future reference, here are some other places for you to consider.....

                    Dumont...............Denaro's. Good heroes, but domestic cold cuts, not imported.

                    South Hackensack........Clemente/Central Bakery http://d-clementebakery.com/

                    Lodi............Visentini Brothers

                    Garfield........Latona and Vitamia

                    Fairview.......DePalma Brothers

                    Closter........Nonna Clementina and Isabella's

                    1. menton1 Nov 7, 2009 08:04 AM

                      Quite honestly, otbp, the "italian heroes" at all these places are made with the SAME cold cuts! There are only about 2 companies manufacturing cold cuts in NJ, and all these delis probably use the same ingredients.

                      So really, other than the bread, there ain't going to be much difference. Therefore, I don't know how you will be "wowed" by an italian hero, unless you can further clarify.

                      I believe most of the delis use either Thumanns or Boars Head cold cuts, so that part of the hero will be identical...

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                        tommy Nov 7, 2009 08:17 AM

                        bread, balance, amount of ingredients, seasoning, just off the top of my head, all go into what sets apart a good sandwich from a mediocre sandwich. just as with most other food.

                        honestly if you can't tell the difference between a good sandwich and a bad one, I know to not consider your input on the subject, since you are acknowledging that you can't tell the difference between one sandwich and another.

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                          menton1 Nov 7, 2009 08:49 AM

                          It's Ok not to consider my input, however;

                          I think you became a bit ethereal about what a "wow" sandwich is, when all these delis use the same cold cuts-- I agreed about the bread. Seasoning? Hmmm. Oregano, oil & vinegar, OK. Balance? Pretty vague.

                          The #1 thing IMHO that sets a sandwich apart is the ingredients! And since they are all using the same ones, I feel the differences are small. The bread does make a large difference, as I previously indicated.

                          When you get into more exotic sandwiches with homemade ingredients, the differences can be much more significant. But italian heroes? Differences are quite small to my thinking. And yes, those chain places' ital heroes (Blimpie, Subway) can be absolutely horrid, they use the cheapest cold cuts and pretty nasty bread.

                      2. rifkind81 Nov 7, 2009 11:38 AM

                        It may not be a bad idea to just call ahead to King's grocery store in Cresskill and have a platter or 2 made up there. High quality ingredients that may or may not break the bank. Either way...it is in the vicinity and will provide delicious food.

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                          mpierce64 Nov 8, 2009 01:36 PM

                          It is out of your way but I love Casa Del Sole in Woodcliff Lake.

                          http://www.casadelsole.biz/

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                            coachrbc Feb 14, 2010 11:22 AM

                            Casa has some of the best sandwiches in bergen county try their roma or honey turkey

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                            offthebeatenpath1 Nov 9, 2009 06:39 AM

                            thanks for all of the great suggestions. I ended up getting 5 footlongs at Lastrada and 5 from Italian Riviera, for comparison. I liked Italian Riviera better, but the group seemed to like Lastrade. Both were good. Italian Riviera had more meat on them, but i would put them both in the same class.

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                            Italian Riviera
                            8 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463

                            Lastrada
                            230 Godwin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432

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                              vedahanks May 17, 2010 08:30 AM

                              Casa Del Sol is THE place to go for this. My brother moved 2.5 hours away so whenever he's back in the area he makes sure to go there just. It's a must.

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                              Casa Del Sol
                              115 Broadway, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

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                                unami Jun 26, 2010 02:31 PM

                                Casa Del Sol is hands-down the best Italian Deli in Bergen County and has been for over 40 years, probably more.

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                                Italian Deli
                                10 Broad St, Norwood, NJ 07648

                                Casa Del Sol
                                115 Broadway, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

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                                MargaretinNJ Sep 4, 2010 08:41 AM

                                I used to work in Hasbrouck Heights, and I can vouch for Visentini's and Clemente. But further north, has anyone else been to Morano's in Ramsey? I went there a few days ago and had a great roast beef sandwich. They also have a variety of interesting salads.

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                                  NJ food dude Sep 6, 2010 01:59 AM

                                  Morano's is OK but I don't think its anything "special" My vote for best in Bergen definitely is Casa Del Sol but if you're willing to travel into Passaic County try A&S Pork Store on Browertown Road off Rte 46 in what's now Woodland Park (West Paterson) http://asporkstore.com/. Their sandwiches, their homemade Italian specialities and their homemade mozzarella comes as close to perfection as you can ask for.....

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                                  Casa Del Sol
                                  115 Broadway, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

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                                    maryanne06 Oct 5, 2010 09:10 AM

                                    We had two "Godfather's" from the A & S Pork Store in Woodland Park (West Paterson) over the weekend....just the best! Terrific hard-crusted dense bread just made the sandwiches outstanding. Please note that they do have a website that lists lots of sandwich choices, and you won't find better bread anywhere other than Brooklyn. Mangia!

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