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The Italian Gourmet - Deli, Groceries, and Frozen Foods at 505 W. Maple Avenue in Vienna

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On 9/12/2013 at 2:02 PM, jpbloom said:

Different stores.  Italian Gourmet is the one at Nutley and 123.  Italian Store used to be in Vienna.  I thought it was in the strip where Pure Pasty is now located.  Been gone  a long time, though.


To complicate things a bit, I was a frequent customer at the Italian Gourmet in Vienna about 20 years ago. As I recall, it had a short-lived and not as good sibling in Herndon, I believe.

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15 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Does this store have good stuff?  Never been, will check it out soon.

I haven't been there in about 20 years, but 20-30 years ago, it was the best sub shop in the area.

The Italian Store seems to have surpassed it in terms of current reputation.

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Thanks for the reminder.  I haven't been to the Italian Gourmet in years, probably since Chase The Sub/The Sandwich Shop opened.  Based on today's experience alone, the sandwiches are quite good but not great.  I'll probably stick with The Sandwich Shop as my first choice but will include this one in the mix to sample more of their wares.

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He does a good job with sandwiches but it's more the classic deli style and definitely is open to adjustments like any deli. Groceries wise, a little more expensive than other comparable places but super convenient for people who live in Vienna and Reston. My frequency varies but usually once a month. 

Chase/The Sandwich Shop usually for our family is almost weekly because of the proximity and we all like something there. 

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Back in April, I got the "Parma", one of the Italian cold cut subs, and found the standard sub roll that was used was pretty subpar.  I didn't find the meats compelling either.  The most recent time before that was probably 10 years ago, and , in a moment of deja vu, realized that I had the same reaction back then.  Most of the Town of Vienna raves about them, though.  If Santini's put about 10% more meat on their "Godfather" it would unquestionably run circles around the Italian subs here.  (I prefer the Godfather as is over the Parma, but the bread-to-meat ratio is slightly high.)

I haven't been to The Sandwich Shop, but used to frequent Chase.  When it opened, the TSS menu prominently featured Boar's Head meats, which I figured I could buy at several local supermarkets and make the sandwiches myself.  Or do restaurants have access to some premium grade of Boar's Head?

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3 hours ago, JBag57 said:

 If Santini's put about 10% more meat on their "Godfather" it would unquestionably run circles around the Italian subs here.  (I prefer the Godfather as is over the Parma, but the bread-to-meat ratio is slightly high.)

I agree that Santini can pile more meats on and make their sub much tastier.  They probably still make the best Italian sub in McLean though ☹️

ETA:  I stopped by this afternoon.  The place is tiny - few selections and their Ortiz anchovies seem expensive.  Why don't we have an Eataly?

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