The gold standard for meatball sandwiches is Pasta Gina, says lmarie, where they are made with perfectly textured, “wonderfully seasoned, huge meatballs,” cut in half and served on an Acme roll, with thick, deeply flavorful marinara, and high-quality mozzarella cheese. “These meatballs have character,” agrees ChowFun_derek, who adds that they’re terrifically textured, with a good load of herbage and truly superior tomato sauce.
lmarie’s second-place meatball sandwich comes from Morty’s Deli, which also serves an obviously homemade meatball, with hints of fennel and oregano, on a good, substantial roll.
Nancy Berry really likes the delicious meatball sandwich at Amici’s. The only problem is they stop serving it at 3 p.m. every day. Meanwhile, the meatball sub from King Foot Subs comes recommended, too. mc2 still enjoys one about twice a month.
Many folks also like Gambino’s, and not just for meatball subs. New Yorker Concetta is fond of “the sausage & pepper sub just like I remember from childhood.” But lmarie thinks Gambino’s subs are nowhere as good as those from Pasta Gina or Morty’s, and criticizes the “factory meatballs with no particular seasoning except lots of salt. … The worst part was the cheap factory roll, which instantly turned into a sopping pad of marinara-flavored cotton.”
Pasta Gina [Noe Valley] — CLOSED
741 Diamond Street, San Francisco
Morty’s Delicatessen [Tenderloin]
280 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria [SOMA]
216 King Street, San Francisco
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria [Marina]
2200 Lombard Street, San Francisco
King Foot Submarine [Haight] — CLOSED
258 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
Gambino’s [Financial District]
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Board Link: Meatball Sandwich Hunt