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Jul 12, 2011 09:18 PM

Paisan Meatball Sandwich - [Berkeley]

I can't say why I never made it down there for lunch before today, but today was the day. Meatball sandwich? Why not. What a great sandwich. When it came out (on a wooden plank, with a small side of mixed greens) , it looked tasty, but perhaps a bit small. I was wrong. The crusty bread (I don't know if it was from their "group" bakery, but it probably was) was really good, and you couldn't really tell how stuffed it was with meatballs until they started falling out. It was a really tasty sandwich - perhaps not a "traditional meatball sandwich" in appearance and bread type, but better than any I can recall eating in years.*

I can't now help but thinking that open face with a fried egg on top would be a great breakfast!

*I don't eat them frequently, but they are so often disappointing.

2514 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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  1. Kind and amount of cheese?

    I'm sure any baked goods that don't come out of the pizza oven are from the K2 group's bakery.

    1. They are spectacular. The bread appears to be cibatta. Not as much cheese as an east-coast meatball parmigiana sandwich, and I believe it's provolone. Excellent fruity tomato sauce.

      Speaking of breakfast, their prosciutto pizza would be great with a couple of eggs on top.

      And you might want to try the meatball sandwich at Luca. I find them similar to the Paisans.

      2514 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

      1. I read that Tony's in North Beach makes a pretty good meatball parm. How do the two approaches stack up?

        1. Rotten City in Emeryville has a good meatball sandwich, as well.

          Rotten City Pizza
          6613 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

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          1. re: mdougherty

            It's actually much, much better. But you have to call first to make sure they're ready at lunch time. Brought people there to try them at lunch time and was told they would be ready at 4.

            They are literally the best meatball sandwiches I've had. Pizza's really good, too.

          2. I don't usually get meatball sandwiches, but I really liked the version at Southie on College Ave

            6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618