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Dec 28, 2010 08:37 AM

Best Italian sub in Boston Financial District ... EVER

Let me just say I have lived in the Boston area for 15 years and finally I have found an Italian Hero ( sub) in the Financial District worth talking about. I just visited Casa Razdora @ 115 Water Street ( old Sam and Anne's ) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised . Being a native New Yorker ... I must say that 99% of the food in this town is average at best ... but things are about to change. For just under 7 bucks you get a monsterous tasty sandwich on fresh baked crunchy bread. Every ingredient was sliced fresh onto the sandwich and the cold cuts were top notch. EVERYTHING else in the store looked AWESOME so let me say I will be back ... I just worry that this place will not be able to stay in business because the taste buds of the people in this town are sooo bad that they will not appreciate what they truly have here. People... it's about time Bostonians stopped making Subway the most popular lunch spot in town !!

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    1. Something is going on down on Water Street - Pavia also opened up there a few months ago - I am digging their calzones - lots of different varieties for ~$5 - it's a deal.

      Will definitely check out Casa Razdora too.

      Water Street Cafe
      25 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        The Globe had an article about the new restaurants on Water Street recently.

        Its hard for me to go in that direction and not eat at Boston Kebab House since its so good. Eating the lunch I got there today as we speak. Bummed they did away with the All You Can Fit Into a Container deal.

        Boston Kebab House
        7 Liberty Sq, Boston, MA 02109

        1. re: Kinopio

          Lame. When did they get rid of the all you fit meze bar?

          1. re: tysonmcneely

            I think it was the beginning of December.

      2. That does look really good - I'm going to have to hit it soon. One of my colleagues was sad to see Sam and Anne's go, she said their mac and cheese was excellent. I went to Pavia once for a sandwich, and wasn't blown away. I also chuckled at their signage, which is a blatant Viga ripoff (I'm surprised they haven't been sued for trade dress infringement, or something).

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        1. re: nsenada

          I used to go to Sam and Annes quite a bit; but moved to another building in the FD..with the Paces on the ground floor. This sounds like definite contender for my biz when Pace closes.

          1. re: nsenada

            thought i read somewhere that Pavia is actually owned by same people as Viga. I actually like their food -- good chciken parm sandwich and some of their special pastas. A nice addition to the area.

            1. re: jdoc

              That's a relief - now I feel better about giving it another try.

              1. re: jdoc

                I don't believe this is true. I forgot the exact details of the story, but my friend, who is a manager at one of the Vigas, told me. The owner of Pavia was either a partial owner of Viga or a manager at a Viga (i forget which one) and then went out and started Pavia.... with the same menu as Viga, and just renamed the items. I believe Viga is looking into their legal options at this point. When I see my friend again, I will be sure to clarify the details of this.

                That being said, from what little I heard of them, it seems Pavia might be a little better than Viga...

            2. This looks really interesting. Speaking of NYC, is it as good as Faicco? (In Boston since '82 by way of NJ & East NY-Brooklyn.) I had a funny experience at Faicco. Bought a great chicken parm sub; counter guy was from East Boston. "How come there's nothing like this in Boston?" Make that 99.5%, dude.

              1. Sam Scola's Deli had a place in the Financial District for a bit. Nowhere near as good as the original in the North End. I have heard that there is a Seaport location, but have not been there as yet.
                In the North End location, you could smell the sharp provolone from two blocks away.
                The Charlestown was an Italian on a braided roll with potatoes and had to find a place to nap within 20 minutes of eating, but it was worth it.

                Scola's Restaurant
                101 Broadway Rd Ste 6, Dracut, MA 01826

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                1. re: dmullin699

                  I remember that place - I think it was on North Street. Loved that potato egg sandwich.

                  1. re: nsenada

                    I was hoping no one would bring up the potato and egg from Sam Scola's. Now I have to go get one. OY! Are the ever delicious!!!

                    P.S. I'll be on my way there in about a half an hour.