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Good Meatball Sub in NOVA or DC?

ATM Feb 12, 2011 02:50 PM

Can anyone recommend a good meatball sub in Northern Virgina or DC? My ideal sandwich would have nicely toasted bread (but not so hard that it cuts the roof of my mouth), lots of tangy tomato sauce, and flavorful meatballs.

I've tried the Italian Store, Vace, Faccia Luna, Pie-Tanza, Listrani's and they range from decent to mediocre. My husband is from New York and I've had some great subs in NY and NJ, but nothing seems to compare here.

Has anyone tried Goody's?

Thanks for your input!

Italian Store
3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

Faccia Luna
823 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Listrani's Restaurant
6808 Old Dominion Dr, Mc Lean, VA 22101

2503 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207

7601 Airpark Rd Ste A, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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    flavrmeistr RE: ATM Feb 13, 2011 03:44 AM

    Now you've done it. I want one, too!

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      pgreen RE: ATM Feb 13, 2011 04:00 AM

      Not that this is much of a recommendation (since it's a little stale), but 35 years ago, Lucia's in Wheaton used to have killer meatball subs. I can't swear that they still do, but at least the store's still there (and hope springs eternal).

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        sweth RE: pgreen Feb 14, 2011 06:29 PM

        A little less stale rec but still somewhat stale: back in the 90s, Manny & Olga's did a killer NYC-style meatball parm hero.

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          flavrmeistr RE: sweth Feb 15, 2011 07:06 AM

          Lost Dog in Westover does a nice toasty meatball parm sub. Also, Anthony's in Falls Church.

          Lost Dog Cafe
          Arlington , VA, Arlington, VA

      2. woodleyparkhound RE: ATM Feb 13, 2011 07:17 AM

        Someone told me they liked the meatball subs at Carmines, but I haven't had one myself.

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          Elyssa RE: ATM Feb 13, 2011 08:27 AM

          I had a really good meatball sandwich at Casa Nonna the other day. Really delicious!

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            repete RE: Elyssa Feb 13, 2011 11:48 AM

            Out of the OP's area, but I though the meatball sub at Marchionne's is the better Wheaton option. Might be ripped for this, but I liked the sub options at Lucia's before momma returned.

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            Doh RE: ATM Feb 14, 2011 06:14 AM

            I haven't tried Taylor Gourmet's meatball sub but based on other things I've had I'd expect it would be good. I've had the meatballs at Mia's pizza as sliders and they aren't bad.

            Taylor Gourmet
            1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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              Elyssa RE: Doh Feb 15, 2011 08:54 AM

              I've been looking at Taylor's Meatball Sub as well. Curious to hear how it is. The red sauce they use as a dipping sauce for the risotto balls is really good, so I imagine the sub would be good as well.

            2. scotcheroo RE: ATM Feb 14, 2011 07:28 AM

              Mangialardo's on the Hill... they are unbelieveable.

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                jaydreb RE: ATM Feb 14, 2011 07:34 AM

                Toscana Cafe next to Union Station makes a great meatball sub.

                Toscana Cafe
                601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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                  marcj RE: jaydreb Feb 15, 2011 04:17 PM

                  Second this--it's a really good sandwich, the meatballs are flavorful, there's a nice balance with the sauce and the cheese . . . Mmmm, I might need to grab one for lunch tomorrow.

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                  hamster RE: ATM Feb 14, 2011 08:46 AM

                  G Street Foods - but weekday lunch only. And I doubt they serve it every day. But the one I tasted there was very memorable.

                  G Street Food
                  1706 G St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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