January 24, 2005 / BOULDER Colo / An Italian Sub Sandwich from Salvaggio's in Boulder January 24, 2005 (Sammy Dallal / Daily Camera) (Photo by Sammy Dallal/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)

Who makes the best Italian sub in Massachusetts? Before we dive into who makes the best Italian subs in Massachusetts, let’s take a look at what exactly goes into making the perfect Italian sub.

While the specific ingredients can be debated, the average sub contains a sub roll, Genoa salami, provolone cheese, mortadella, capicola, lettuce, olive oil, salt and pepper, prosciutto and pepperoni. Italian subs can vary based on condiments and type of bread not to mention the types of cheeses. But there is one thing that remains consistent. The Italian sub is one of the most popular subs in the entire country.

Now, let’s take a look at where in Massachusetts you can get the best Italian sub. We asked our audience and one answer reigned supreme and it was an overwhelming response: New Deal Fruit in Revere. Out of our initial responses, over half of them were for New Deal Fruit. When going to the New Deal website, we found that the deli is owned by the Petruzzelli family and has appeared on The Phantom Gourmet. After looking at the menu, New Deal Fruit features specialty sandwiches, hot subs and cold subs. Hot subs like meatball, chicken parm, veal parm AND a combination sub of chicken AND veal parm. When asked what makes the Italian sub at New Deal better than the rest, the most popular answer was “the best imported meats sliced thin and the bread is extremely fresh.” According to the New Deal website, “Today the fourth generation of the Petruzzelli family carries forth the Joseph’s legacy selling high quality fruits and vegetables as well as hand-sliced deli meats and oversized submarine sandwiches.”

Now, let’s talk runner ups. There were several other sub shops that got a high rating from our listeners and are worth a try. Here are the most popular suggestions.

  • Bob's Italian in Medford

    Bob’s boasts the best imported Italian foods and they also offer buffet catering.

    Bob's Italian Foods | Catering, Sandwiches, Italian Meals, Butcher, Italian Specialty Products | Medford, MA

    Bob's Italian Foods serves Italian dishes and sandwiches, catering platters and imported Italian specialty products. Located in Medford, MA.

  • Benedetti's Deli in Haverhill

    They call their sandwiches rockets because they are so big. Jen Perkins says “Fresh bread, huge portions!” 

    Home of the Rocket

    We call our Sandwiches "Rockets" because they are so "Big". We are the Sandwich Shop rated #1 and liked by The Phantom Gourmet & The Steve Harvey Show.

  • Olivia's Market in Milford

    In business since 1961, Olivia’s also offers catering. Kris Wagner says “the bread, the fresh meats and the price!” 


  • Virgilio's Bakery in Gloucester

    This shop received several nominations. Jim Harrold said “They will make it at 9am..Nice and Fresh.” They’ve been in business since 1961. They’re most known for their famous St. Joseph sandwich which is well known by locals and people travel from all over to get. 

    Virgilio Family Story - Virgilio's Bakery | Gloucester, MA

    Since 1961 three generations of the Virgilio family have owned and operated this Italian bakery and deli in the West End section of Gloucester, Mass. Scala, Semolina, Ciabatta and other specialty breads and rolls are baked fresh daily and delivered to restaurants and supermarkets all over Cape Ann.

  • Balducci's in Quincy

    Another shop that received several nominations. According to Tina Rezendes: “they aren’t cheap with the meat and they cut the pickles into little squares.” 

    Balducci's House of Pizza | Pizzeria | North Quincy, MA

    617-328-0448 - Voted Best of the Best 11 times. Freshly made calzones. Hand-tossed pizza. Italian dinners. Salads and sides.

  • Rose and Vicki's four locations

    Serving Massachusetts for over 40 years. Jessica Jean said “they are huge and fresh deli meats.” 

  • Ideals in Roxbury

    Received a 4.5 out of 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor. According to Rico: “They’re super organized. The bread and food is always fresh. Customer service is always on point and the subs are huge for a reasonable price.”

    Ideal Sub Shop, Roxbury

    View the menu for Ideal Sub Shop and restaurants in Roxbury, MA. See restaurant menus, reviews, ratings, phone number, address, hours, photos and maps.


  • Regatta Deli in Worcester

    According to Alaina McLoughlin: “The bread 🥖 is perfect, not too hard and not too soft. Fresh! It’s also a good size and has the right amount of meats to cheese ratio!”

    Regatta Deli - Worcester, MA 01604 (Menu & Order Online)

    Online ordering menu for Regatta Deli.

  • Supreme in Brockton

    This family owned and operated shop is a local favorite in Brockton. According to Danielle Munro: “How they toast the roll, to the pickles, to the seasoning. Gotta try it to believe it.”

    Pizza and Subs- Brockton MA - Supreme House of Pizza & Subs

    Contact Supreme House of Pizza & Subs for Pizza, Italian Food and Sub Sandwiches. Call us today (508) 588-0044 or just stop by!

  • Zorba's in West Bridgewater

    According to Nicole Hansen: “Nicest little lady that owns it too with her family. Real greek family with delicious everything! Their Italian calzone is 🤌🏻 literally the cutest little couple too!”

    Zorbas Pizza

    Online menus, items, descriptions and prices for Zorbas Pizza - Restaurant - West Bridgewater, MA 02379

  • The Big A in Malden

    This family owned sub shop is a local favorite. According to Angela DeVito Savastano: “They use a braided sub roll, cold cuts are always fresh and they will put anything you want on it.”

    The Big A Malden Sub Restaurant MA | Menu, Order Online

    At Big A Subs, we pride ourselves on preparing a delicious meal for every customer, every time. Our ingredients are fresh, and our staff is friendly and courteous. For your convenience, we offer dine-in, pickup and delivery service. Check out our menu and place your order now.

  • Marcucci's in Fall River

    This is a fan favorite and an ongoing debate of which shop is the best in Fall River.  Family owned and operated and according to their website, they specialize in grinders.   It was nominated by quite a few of our listeners.

    Bakery Shop, Sub Shop, Grinders | Fall River, MA

    Contact our bakery shop and sub shop at (508) 678-5426 in Fall River, MA, for the best grinders around.

  • Picas Deli in Methuen

    They have a fire pit and cornhole! As for the subs, according to Sarah Alaoui: “This place gives massive subs stuffed with meat and toppings. It tastes so fresh. The bread is nice and soft. You have to just try it for yourself.” 

  • Tutto Italiano in Wellesley

    This was nominated several times and is specifically known for its Italian subs. According to Kristen Robles: “All imported meat and amazing bread!”

    Tutto Italiano - Wellesley, MA

    Specialties: We're a specialty Italian gourmet store with 20 years of experience. We do an abundance of caterings offering Eggplant Parm, Chicken Parm, Italian Sandwiches and Pizzas just to name a few. We have a popular Nutella pizza that is a crowd pleaser in addition to our Italian wine selection that you guessed, pairs nicely with our Italian cheeses!

  • Blasi's in Dorchester

    This cafe had closed and is once again open in the heard of Dorchester. According to Christine Connolly:  “Fresh roll, best cold cuts. It’s jam packed. Can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.”

    The Return of Blasi's Cafe + Fat Belly Deli - Caught In Dot

    Update: Original Post: It's been a long time coming, but worth the wait! Blasi's Cafe - the wildly popular restaurant in Adams Village will be reopening soon! The adjacent Fat Belly Deli will also be opening! Back in 2017, a fire in the basement of the building

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