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Sep 26, 2011 07:23 AM

Mangialardo & Sons

Has anyone tried the G-man sub @ Mangialardo & Sons?

Mangialardo & Sons
1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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  1. I don't find anything special about it, and if you take any one ingredient out of the sandwich and taste it, it doesn't taste like much. I would rather have a Capri from Italian Store or a Hot Sicilian from VIlla (Fairfax).

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    1. re: Steve

      I think therein lies much of Mangialardo's appeal. Sure, you could get those other sandwiches, but you'd have to hop in your car and haul out there in midday lunchtime traffic, or crowbar yourself into a Metro car. Mangialardo's has been serving the neighborhood since the 1950s. People come from all over Capitol Hill to get their sandwiches.

      FYI, you'd would probably like the Italian Sandwich at Seventh Hill in Eastern Market. A lot more flavorful than the G-Man, and on fresh baked pizza dough.

    2. The G-man is a superior Italian sub in a city with few other alternatives (Taylor, Vace, come to mind). What makes the G-man extra special is the grit and authenticity that go along with Mangialardo's. Enjoy Mangialardo's for what it is, because it's a dying breed. Go for it!

      3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

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      1. re: Sal Gee

        I don't get the fuss. It's an Italian sub. I wouldn't even say they use a higher quality ingredient than you can buy at the grocery store. At least a half-dozen Italian subs in the area are much better.

        I respect the history, but the idea that this is our "signature" sandwich is sad, and wrong.

        1. re: DanielK

          i prefer the supersub to the g-man myself (hard roll). in response to danielle, the line of police cars, firetrucks, etc etc triple parked outside during lunch rush is a pretty good indication of quality.

          i would add a literi to the list of good DC hoagies (above taylor, and vace, below the capri from the italian store) , but mangialardos is worth the trip.

          1. re: MTP

            I'll take exception to the assertion that lunchtime crowds indicate quality.

            I'll bet you don't have the same agreement with the lines at the McDonald's 3 blocks down...

          2. re: DanielK

            Agreed. I just went there for the first time the other day. Then again I never understand the hype over Italian subs. Besides the bread and occasionally the condiments, they all sort of blend together to me and generally source from the same companies (Boar's Head). I find they put so much stuff in the sandwiches that you can't discern any differences between the meats and cheese. I can understand people finding this appealing from a value-standpoint, but I think sandwiches from Italian delis suffer quite a bit from this. I'd prefer a thinner bread and considerably less meat, I think the flavors come through better that way. There's nothing about the G-man that I couldn't replicate with ease at home, really, so I guess I just don't understand the appeal. I do, however, like the store overall and appreciate that it's sadly part of a dying breed.

            1. re: DanielK

              So what is DC's "signature" sandwich? Does it even have or need one?

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                If *I* had to submit one for this contest (as the City Paper did), I'd have to vote for the Chili Dog from Ben's. The historical significance is well documented, and while the "sandwich" itself is not spectacular, it's certainly popular and well known inside the city and out.

                You could make a case for the fried fish at Horace & Dickie's, but tell me which place is going to be on the Food Network, Travel Channel, et. al. when they cover DC. It's Ben's, Ben's, Ben's.

                1. re: DanielK

                  H&Ds has appeared on the Travel Channel and the Food Network, too. And I think you mean the halfsmoke. The chili hotdog (particularly the chili) at Bens is nothing special.

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