Friday, July 30, 2010

Lunch Break: The Italian Store

Napoli Sandwich 
A sandwich from The Italian Store can add a lot of spice to an ordinary lazy, bland, hot and humid DC Saturday. This hearty lunch option is bursting with Italian meats and cheeses served on either a hard or soft roll (I recommend the latter) dressed with oil, lettuce, onions, and hot and/or sweet peppers.

Located in a strip mall off of Lee Highway in Arlington, The Italian Store specializes in Philadelphia-style Italian subs as well as pizzas, fresh pasta sauces, and a variety of other Italian staples.  And while the outside is non-descript, the word has been out for some time that this is pretty much the only place to go in Arlington for sandwiches and pizza of this quality, so expect large crowds. And true to its Italian roots, expect plenty of chaos, disorganization, and long waits -- all of which the consultant in me really wants to consult with management to improve.  Also, there is a no doubt that the grocery selections are grossly overpriced.

First tip: if you are getting a sandwich, get your number immediately upon entering.

Second tip: I have been here a few dozen times, and the experience is always frenetic.  Stay the course, the fresh-prepared items (subs, pizzas, homemade sauces) are actually worth this hassle.

While the Italian Store offers a few outdoor tables and a small counter inside, we almost always get our sandwiches to go.  There is something about unwrapping the large square of butcher paper to reveal that sandwich that you patiently (or maybe not!) waited for that really adds to the experience.   Sandwiches are priced between $7 - $9.

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1 comment:

  1. The Italian Store is my favorite lunch locale... Glad to see a fellow foodie blogger. Here's mine...

    Mostly DC, but also on my travels. We should follow each other and maybe one day do a food blogger outing?