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Tender meatballs smothered in rich marinara and creamy melted cheese snuggled in a toasted roll are hard to beat. That is, if it’s done right. While meatball subs seem pretty simple to prepare, a bit of work goes into making the actual meatballs. At Tony’s Pizza, we honor our tried and true authentic Italian recipes in our dishes. Thus, if you’re looking for a delightful meatball sub near me, Tony’s Pizza is your place!
At Tony’s Pizza, we take meatballs very seriously. We’ve passed our recipes from Italy through several generations to perfect the meatball sub. Starting with a secret blend of beef, pork and spices we craft and cook our meatballs to perfection. Then, we nestle them into scrumptious sub rolls and top them with our special marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
But, wait, there’s more. (We couldn’t resist saying that!)
We also have meatballs as an appetizer. Better yet, opt for them as a topping on your pizza or place them in your calzone.
Likewise, we have other Italian dishes and fabulous food too. For instance, we have 10 other subs in addition to the meatball sub near me that you’re looking for. Moreover, we have lots of appetizers, salads, NY-style pizza, Italian dishes and desserts. For smaller appetites, we have a kid’s menu affordably priced at $5 or less.
To understand what makes meatballs so fabulous, let’s take a little peek back into their history. Initially, historians think these meaty masterpieces originated in southwestern Asia. As travel broadened, so did the recipe. Each locale used ingredients on hand. For instance, Italians added eggs, parsley and cheese to the ground meat which could be chicken, beef, veal or a little bit of each. Often, they rolled the balls smaller than we know them today since meat was typically pricey.
Once Italian immigrants made it to America, they found meat more affordable. Therefore, they made bigger meatballs and added them to all sorts of dishes.
Initially, meatballs and toasted bread had yet to meet. Around the 1900s, Giovanni Amato met the demand of dock workers and combined his baked bread with meat and cheese. This was the birth of the submarine sandwich. However, there is a bit of debate on when the meatball sub actually made its debut. Since most Italians don’t put tomato sauce on their meatballs, this is likely an American invention that developed sometime after Giovanni started serving his subs.
Consequently, it’s much easier for you to find the perfect meatball sub near me that you’re searching for at Tony’s Pizza!
As we mentioned, putting the actual sandwich together is relatively simple. Although, making the meatballs requires a bit more work. Here are a few of the most popular ingredients in a good meatball sub.
Not just any bread will do. It’s critical to find a loaf that won’t fall apart but is also easy to chew. Italian bread, baguettes, or hoagie rolls make a great base for a meatball sub.
Next, you top your toasted bread with the center of the feast – meatballs. If you’re not up for making these delights, no worries. Grab some extra meatballs when you’re at Tony’s Pizza so you can put together a few meatball subs of your own during the week.
Two main types of sauces go on a meatball sub: tomato or marinara. Tomato is simple with a few spices. Marinara is thicker, richer and more complex.
Most often, mozzarella is the cheese of choice. Since it’s so mild and creamy, it blends well with the heartier flavors in the meatball and sauce (especially if you’re choosing thicker marinara). However, some folks prefer more robust flavors such as provolone or parmesan.
As we mentioned before, a meatball sub is only good if it’s done right. So, if you’re still looking for a meatball sub near me, be sure to choose a pro. If you’d like to get to know a little more about us to decide if we’re the best, here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about Tony’s Pizza.
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We offer multiple party trays that you can pick up. Choose from your favorite Italian dishes or order extra-large pizzas directly from our website. If you give us advance notice, we can customize your order. Simply call your nearest Tony’s Pizza for more information.
We work with with several delivery companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. Keep in mind, each individual restaurant may use a different service. Check each location for delivery options.
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So, stop trying to find the best meatball sub near me and taste it for yourself at Tony’s Pizza.
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