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.