It comes as a surprise to all of us participating in the Sub’r Bowl that the Local Pizza Shop Division has had the tightest scoring of highly rated sandwiches. We now come to our final contender in the division, Main Street Pizza, and it doesn’t disappoint. Two trips were required to fit the participant’s schedules, and I was fortunate enough to go both times.
I had been to Main Street Pizza a few times in the past, but each time I had only eaten the pizza and not any of their sandwiches. I’m glad I have had this opportunity to correct that oversight, because their sandwiches are something special. My first time around I ordered the Main St. Cold Cuts sandwich, as it was most like a traditional sub and therefore more easily rated against the other contenders. The second time I opted for the Meatball & Cheese.
First of all, you can order a sandwich on either focaccia or on a 9″ roll. Word of advice: Get the focaccia! It’s about 1/6 of a large round focaccia bread dressed with butter and herbs, and it’s just a delight to eat. It’s both crispy and chewy with a flavor that leaves you wanting more. While it’s not a traditional sub roll (you can still order and sub on a larger 9″ roll), it’s the way you’ll wish everyone served subs. Yes, it’s that good.
The insides were no slouch either. For the cold cuts sub, while there wasn’t any traditional Italian meats present as in the Italian subs we’ve had in the past, it was still a nice combination of salty cuts (ham, salami and turkey) with a very strong representation of provolone cheese. Top that with just the right amount of lettuce and tomatoes, mayo and Italian dressing, and you’ve got a sandwich that tweaks your salivary glands in that way that’s almost painful but totally pleasurable at the same time.
The meats were not top quality, but that didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the sub. I personally would have enjoyed having some traditional Italian cured meats rather than the deli cuts, but I think this is only a minor criticism that wouldn’t be levied had the sandwich been considered in a vacuum. However, as this is the Sub’r Bowl, there is some competition from those who used top Italian cuts.
The second visit to Main Street Pizza to accommodate Greg’s schedule allowed me to try the Meatball & Cheese sub, again on focaccia. It was meaty, melty, gooey and savory, ranking among the best meatball subs I’ve had. Unfortunately it was a little difficult to eat, because the focaccia was a little too toasted on the outside, no doubt from melting the cheese in the sandwich. Nobody else who ordered a hot sub seemed to have that problem, so I suspect I was just a little unlucky on my draw. And lucky for Main Street Pizza that the sandwich did not figure into the rating.
Main Street Pizza offers plenty of appetizers and salads, not to mention pasta and pizza, which could easily stand in as side dishes. Even the personal 9″ pizza was only $3, and which one of us could leave a pizza shop without eating a slice? The personal pizza was obviously hand formed and cut, which really gave it a more personal touch. The first visit I ordered a plain cheese pizza, and the sauce had a wonderful flavor that allowed the tomatoes to shine. The second visit I shared a couple of slices of pepperoni with Greg, and I have to say that I enjoyed the first pizza more without the salty meat. One of these days when I’m feeling spendy, I’ll have to try the White Pizza.
The drinks available were sweet and unsweet teas and soda, however the tea is open and refillable while the soda is not. I didn’t really look at what kinds of soda were available, as I opted for tea both times. There’s not much to say about the tea other than it was, well, tea. It was nice to have both sweet and unsweet choices, as I’m a half and half kind of tea drinker.
I rated the following categories:
- Bread: 7
- Sandwich Stuff: 6
- Price/Value: 3
- Non-sandwich Stuff: 3
- Bonus points: 2
- Total: 21 points
Once again, another outstanding showing from the Pizza Shop Division. For me, this puts Main Street Pizza in a tie for first place with Florio’s Pizza. It will be interesting to see how the group scores the contenders in this division, as most produced top notch sandwiches. If my willingness to visit the same place twice in one week is any indication, I would love to see Main Street Pizza in the finals.