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DTW: Best Italian Sub

momskitchen Oct 14, 2013 07:53 AM

My colleague Greg and I have been tasting all the Italian subs we can get our hands on.....here are my rankings thus far:

1) Ventimiglios - Sterling Heights Real Italian charcuterie, not just bologna and ham like some of the other places. Their hot pepper mix makes them slightly in the lead over the second place contender..but they are also the most expensive at $7.50. Get the hard roll.

2) Alcamos - Dearborn. I haven't been there in years, not since I bought my Jordan almonds for wedding favors 21 years ago> Charcuterie is top notch. No choice of hard or soft roll, but the roll is hard which is good $5

3) Gonellas (either Oakwood Detroit or Outer Drive Dearborn location, sandwiches are virtually identical despite claims otherwise - the only difference is the price, which is $4.50 or $5.75 for Dearborn one) Its a great sub, but the deli meat isn't authentic like the other 2....it's just regular bologna and ham. Still good though. I much prefer the hard roll over soft

4) Terry's - Clinton Township The best value, by far. This sub is easily double the size of any of the above - one sub is more than enough for 2 people and it's $5. Get the Terry's special, which is a typical Italian sub. The roll is soft

Where else should we try????/

  1. momskitchen Dec 5, 2013 09:10 AM

    Just tried Fredi's in Melvindale. Very tasty sandwich, and a great value. I'd recommend it.

    1. dearborn barkis Nov 10, 2013 01:43 PM

      Hi Mom. Glad to see Alcamo's > Gonella's (any location). Alcamo's Italian dressing makes the difference. Gonella's is bland in comparison.

      1. ALPOE Nov 10, 2013 12:51 PM

        Fredi's in Melvindale won the Detroit Free Press best of in 2012 for his Famous Italian Sandwich which he bakes his own bread and it's round. I've eaten dozens of these,,,so really good a must try on your venture. Here's a link to his place Fredi Bello the owner make everything by his hands.


        1. rainsux Oct 27, 2013 01:52 PM

          A friend in A2 brags about the Godgather sub @ Dibella's.

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          1. re: rainsux
            Michigan Mishuganer Oct 28, 2013 08:56 AM

            Dibellas is OK, better than Jimmy John, that's for sure, but not really great.
            A better choice in Ann Arbor but still not the greatest is the sub at Anthony's Pizza.
            maybe NYPD's is OK?

            if I win the lottery I could afford to try the Zingerman version:
            Italian mortadella, all-beef salami, Arkansas peppered ham, provolone cheese, Zingerman’s olive tapenade & balsamic vinaigrette served
            on a grilled and quartered Italian paesano roll.
            $13.50 $15.99

            1. re: Michigan Mishuganer
              coney with everything Oct 29, 2013 05:17 AM

              probably enough food for 3 lunches though

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            christyar Oct 16, 2013 12:46 PM

            Bommarito's Bakery is my favorite for the Italian sub in SCS. Also, don't miss their cannolis, so good I had them at my wedding.

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            1. re: christyar
              momskitchen Oct 22, 2013 08:53 AM

              someday I will get to St. Clair Shores to try them out.

              1. re: christyar
                RedTop Oct 27, 2013 02:06 PM

                Just re-visited the sub at dinner last night. Truly, its all about the hard roll. Simply delicious.

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                Markcron Oct 14, 2013 06:23 PM

                OK, I realize this is a chain (I think), and I've only had a quarter of a sub once, but I'd be interested in how you would rate Jersey Mike's.
                I haven't tried any of the places mentioned, but I love me an Italian Sub.
                And I'll get around to all these places eventually.
                Running the Detroit half marathon Sunday. I assume Ventimiglia's is open Sunday? That would make a great post race meal!

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                1. re: Markcron
                  boagman Oct 14, 2013 06:44 PM

                  Well MC, I've gotta tell you, I honestly haven't been to Jersey Mike's yet. I ended up going with my buddy to Firehouse Subs last Wednesday, and couldn't even bring myself to order anything. We're talking *ridiculous* money for poor looking and tiny portions. It really was shocking to me that this is a growing chain...I won't be back, pretty much ever.

                  I would have to be *ultra*-desperate to eat there/pay their prices. It wasn't just disappointment...I was actually kind of offended by the place.

                  Full disclosure: they also lost points because they're one of those places that corporately mandates a choral greeting from everyone working there whenever anyone walks through the door. It's painful, awful, and in all ways undignified. Still: my disgust is mainly with the food and prices.

                  1. re: Markcron
                    VTB Oct 14, 2013 07:15 PM

                    I give the corporate DiBella's (Troy) a slight edge over Jersey Mike's (Rochester).

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                    RedTop Oct 14, 2013 01:14 PM

                    Terry's? Really?

                    Only one experience there for me. That was enough.

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                      boagman Oct 14, 2013 12:03 PM

                      WRT Ventimiglios, I cannot stress enough how important the roll was to me, the roll being their artisan roll, which I've been informed is different from their hard roll (nearly found out the hard way when I went for the second time).

                      But yeah...that is one great sandwich. It's better than Gonella's due to that roll and the hot pepper mix, but the fact that it's basically 50% higher in price does temper things a bit. I still love it, though.

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                      1. re: boagman
                        momskitchen Oct 14, 2013 12:27 PM

                        I just had the hard roll, were no other choices. It was still fine! I just realized I spelled it wrong....it is Ventimiglia with an "a".

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                        VTB Oct 14, 2013 11:28 AM

                        Nice list. Not to get off topic, but the muffaletta (just ham and cheese) at Vito's bakery is wonderful, thanks to the bread. http://vitosbakery.net/
                        Grab a cannoli, too ....since you're already there.

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                        1. re: VTB
                          momskitchen Oct 14, 2013 12:30 PM

                          Vtb, I do love cannoli...I had to steel myself when faced with a tray of them at Alcamos

                          1. re: VTB
                            tokyo Oct 16, 2013 04:47 PM

                            Vito's has my favorite cannoli. Boy do I miss them.

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