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Good Meatball Sub in NOVA or DC?

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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!

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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

Pie-Tanza
2503 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207

Vace
7601 Airpark Rd Ste A, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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

    1. 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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      1. re: pgreen

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

        1. re: sweth

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

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          Lost Dog Cafe
          Arlington , VA, Arlington, VA

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

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

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          1. re: Elyssa

            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.

          2. 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.

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            Taylor Gourmet
            1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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            1. re: Doh

              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.