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Americans love classic Italian ground meat rolled into balls – smothered in rich, thick marinara sauce, and melted cheese atop a crusty roll. It’s an affordable yet delicious and satisfying meal. While it’s relatively simple to prepare, the process can be time-consuming. For convenience and great-tasting food, stop by Mario’s Pizza for a delicious meatball sub near me.
Historians think the ancient Persians were the first to enjoy meatballs. However, as the recipe traveled to other countries, people created their version by using local ingredients. In Italy, the people added eggs, garlic, parsley, and cheese to ground meat. Sometimes this was beef, veal, chicken, or a combination. Typically, the polpette, as Italians called them, were small and saved for special occasions due to the cost of meat.
However, when Italian immigrants arrived in America in the late 19th century, they found meat was much more inexpensive. Thus, they began to make larger-sized meatballs and eat them more frequently. Today, you can find meatballs atop spaghetti, on pizza, or on submarine sandwiches.
Universally, people have been eating sandwiches for a long time. However, it wasn’t until the 1900s in America that the submarine version became popular. Back then, Giovanni Amato, an Italian immigrant living in Maine, sold bread rolls to dock workers. His customers began asking for meat, cheese, and vegetables on the bread thus creating the first submarine sandwich.
The origins of the meatball sub are much more uncertain. Traditionally, Italians don’t eat meatballs with tomato sauce as this is an American invention. However, at some point in time, a chef put meatballs with tomato sauce and cheese on a football-shaped roll. Today, the meatball sub is one of the most popular versions of the sandwich.
Sometimes, fans of the meatball sandwich disagree over the details of how to make the best meatball sub. However, you’ll need several crucial ingredients:
The foundation of any submarine sandwich, it’s important to pick a great-tasting bread. You can choose Italian bread, baguette, or Hoagie rolls.
Do you prefer tomato or marinara sauce? One is simple with a few spices. The other is thick, rich, and complex.
Typically, traditionalists insist on using mozzarella cheese. Its creamy and mild flavor complements the meatball and sauce flavors. Others like the more robust flavor of provolone. While some choose the salty, pronounced flavor of parmesan.
Of course, the star of the show is the meatball. if you don’t have a good recipe, the rest of the sub won’t matter. A great-tasting meatball starts with good-quality ground beef. Some chefs mix in some ground pork or mild, Italian sausage. Add in breadcrumbs, egg, fresh parsley, and garlic and you’ll have great flavor.
At Mario’s Pizza, you might say we’re crazy about meatballs. We have created a delicious meatball sub just like Mama used to make. Our recipe begins with our secret blend of beef, pork, and spices. Then, we smother them with our special Marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
But, we don’t stop there. We also make our delicious meatballs as an appetizer. Plus, we offer meatballs as a topping on our delicious NY style pizza and calzones.
Of course, we offer many other Italian dishes as well. For example, you’ll find 10 other subs besides our meatball sandwich. Plus, we have plenty of appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas, Italian dishes, and desserts. We even have a kids’ menu for smaller appetites affordably priced at $5 or less.
Tired of trying new restaurants only to find their food isn’t quite what you were expecting? When looking for a delicious meatball sub near me, visit Mario’s Pizza. To get to know us better, we’ve answered a few commonly asked questions below.
We have conveniently located our restaurants so that they are easily accessible to the surrounding communities. You’ll find us at the following places:
Yes! We can help you make your next gathering a memorable occasion. You can purchase several party trays of your favorite Italian dishes or extra-large pizzas directly from our website. Moreover, give us advance notice and we can customize your order. Simply call your nearest Mario’s Pizza for more information.
We’ve partnered with several delivery companies like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub to provide home delivery services. However, each individual restaurant may use a different service. Be sure to check each location for delivery options.
Absolutely! Simply download our app or ask your server the next time you place an order. Then, start earning rewards for eating your favorite food!
Our rewards include free food, cash back, and special deals. Plus, we offer double point days and rewards for social sharing. Moreover, we’ll give you a free slice of pizza just for joining and a special treat on your birthday.
Why travel from restaurant to diner to find the best meatball sub near me? Just come visit us at Mario’s Pizza.